A 12 month trial has commenced allowing taxi drivers in the Sydney CBD to set down passengers at ten mail zones.

The trial is aimed at reducing congestion and improving taxi services for customers.

Signage has been installed at the ten participating zones and the NSW Taxi Council has thanked the City of Sydney and Transport for NSW for helping establish the trial.

 "It is a continuous challenge for taxi drivers to find places where it is legal to set down passengers in the CBD and initiatives such as this will go a long way to help address the problem," said Taxi Council CEO, Roy Wakelin-King.

 "The Taxi Council has been advocating this initiative for some time. Something must be done to stop drivers being fined for meeting passengers’ requests to be dropped off at a particular spot. This creative use of available kerbspace is

most welcome."

Drivers are reminded to follow the rules and only use the zones for setting down passengers. Flyers explaining the rules were distributed by the Taxi Council and the Transport Management Centre at the Airport holding bay in January.

Drivers are asked to show courtesy and respect to postal workers who will have priority to these zones when they are collecting mail.