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Taxi drivers go out on strike

Taxi drivers go out on strike

Monday 21 December 2015

Taxi drivers go out on strike


Taxi drivers have gone on strike until 1.45 pm today in protest over reforms that would open access to the ranks.

Transport Minister Eddie Noel says that the first he heard about the unannounced strike was when he was contacted by the media at 7.30 am – he has urged the drivers to come back to the negotiating table.

“They are public service vehicles and by taking action without any notice they are not really being fair to the public,” he said.

“They can be as mean and horrible to me as they like but when it comes to the public they need to allow some time for alternative arrangements to be made.”

The strike follows announcements of reforms to taxi regulation – the changes are about making fares more transparent, resetting maximum prices and improving disabled access.

But the issue that has got the tax drivers aggravated is a proposal that could see more drivers being allowed to get into the business – the existing drivers don’t want that to happen, according to Deputy Noel.

He said: “They want to limit the number of public rank taxis, and that’s not acceptable.”

The drivers aren’t the only ones who don’t like the plans – the Competition Regulatory Authority has pushed for full deregulation, allowing anyone to operate in the market, which would significantly push down fares.

They say that the ministers plans will increase prices – and that the system will remain confusing. 

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Posted by Jon Needham on
No sympathy - they have have had it too good for too long and are one if the most expensive on the planet. My return flight to the uk was cheaper than the taxi to and from the airport!
Posted by Anna Jones on
Did they give any thought on the impact this would have on emergency services. The Police have enough to do without directing traffic at every junction. What about the ambulances that caught up in the traffic. Finally, why did they think it was ok to break the law and put posters in the front passenger window and front windscreens and drive around busy town with reduced visibility and in the rain! Appalling behaviour. I have a picture of one of these taxis. There were lots doing this and had to peer through the gaps to pull away from junctions. Shocking behaviour indeed. Breaking the law, compromising safety, stretching emergency services when they are tied up in more important work and putting lives at risk.
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Totally agree. Join the 21st century. Protectionism is outdated
Posted by Greg Collenette on
While I have some sympathy with them I have to agree with Anna Jones with regard to putting posters on the windscreens / side windows affecting all round visibility, and the total snarl up this convoy caused.
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