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VIDEO - York Cabbies vent their anger about unregulated drivers

Taxi Protest York

5:51pm 25th September 2017

Taxi and private hire drivers on York have been taking part in a slow drive protest in York today.

Drivers want to highlight the dangers of not using locally licensed drivers.

They drove a loop of the city, taking in Station Road, Station Rise, and York Council's West Offices.

They worry about operators, which are not regulated by the city council, taking advantage of out-of-town and cross-border working.

 

GMB events have taken place in Sheffield, Leeds and York to highlight the problems caused by out-of-town taxi drivers coming into these areas, which is having a major impact on trade and putting members of the public at risk.

GMB is supporting a Private Members Bill by Labour MP Daniel Zeichner to reform legislation covering the taxi and private hire industry.

The GMB says the Deregulation Act 2015 has created a 'Wild West' situation in many towns and cities, with the unfettered licensing of operators and drivers.

Some taxi owners, like UBER, are taking advantage of deregulation - encouraging out-of-town and cross-border working, using drivers who are not licensed and regulated in local areas.


Lynn Brook, GMB Organiser in York, said:

“Public safety is now seriously compromised. Local enforcement officers cannot enforce safe standards when it comes to out-of-town vehicles.

Also illegal touting is on the increase. Local licensed regulated drivers are being forced out of the market, with earnings taking a hit and leaving drivers below the breadline."

“Many of the public seem unaware that they may be driven by someone not locally licensed, or not licensed at all. This is a major public safety issue and that is why we are campaigning today.”

VIDEO - Lynn Brook

 

Today the chief executive of Uber issued an apology for mistakes which led to it being stripped of its licence to operate in London.

He's admitted the taxi-hailing firm "got things wrong" in an open letter, and says they will launch an appeal against the decision.

Dara Khosrowshahi has said the taxi-hailing firm "must change"

 

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