Category Archive: Access

Feb 07

Taxi driver chaos at Newcastle’s Central Station

TAXI drivers could be forced out of Newcastle’s Central Station after police  were called in to investigate a £126,000 missing cash riddle. Officers were brought in after Newcastle Taxi Drivers’ Association fell  behind on the money paid to rail operator East Coast in order to have exclusive  rights to the city’s most profitable taxi rank. …

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Feb 04

Hemel Hempstead Taxi row over ‘unfair’ station licence charge

A TRAIN company is planning to police taxis picking up people from a station forecourt because of a dispute it is having with drivers over annual permits. London Midland believes that most of the drivers picking people up from Hemel Hempstead railway station have been doing so illegally because they have not paid £593 for …

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Jan 23

Taxis to be allowed to use Watford’s bus lanes

Taxi drivers will be able to drive in certain bus lanes around Watford after councillors voted through proposals to grant them privilege. Hackney carriages, taxis with the Watford Borough Council crest on the side, will be allowed to drive in bus-only areas in the  High Street, Station Road and St Albans Road, in the coming …

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Dec 13

Stockton cabbies lose bus lane battle

STOCKTON cabbies have lost their battle to be allowed to use bus lanes on the town’s high street and across the borough. The Stockton Hackney Carriage Driver Association (SHCDA) argued their taxis provide public transport and were being disadvantaged in not being allowed to use bus lanes. The cabbies said in some cases they had …

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Dec 01

Bristol taxi drivers will burn letters in station fee protest

TAXI drivers will be staging a protest today  against a new permit scheme that will charge them £375 a year to pick up from Bristol Temple Meads. First Great Western will introduce the charge in January despite objections from the trade. So to show their disgust at the scheme, taxi drivers will gather at Temple …

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Nov 10

Taxis could lose out in Brighton Station revamp

TAXIS and buses could lose their sites at Brighton Station as part of a plan to improve the “welcome” to the city. Brighton and Hove City Council has launched a public consultation on ways to regenerate the main entrance to the station. The local authority and Southern Rail, which manages the station, want people to …

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Sep 16

Load of Bollards

Taxi drivers are set to be charged for fobs to operate a new bollards system on a public road. Wellingborough Council plans to charge the borough’s 63 registered Hackney Carriage taxi drivers £25 each for a fob to operate the new system in Gloucester Place, which was installed during the Market Street improvement works. The …

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Sep 05

Black cab drivers threaten legal action against Manchester city council

Black cab drivers are threatening legal action over what they claim are anti-competitive practices at Manchester Airport. Manchester Cab Committee claims that Leeds-based private hire taxi company Arrow Cars has been given preferential treatment at the airport which restricts rival companies. It has recruited taxi law specialist Peter Eatherall at Manchester-based Howards Solicitors as it …

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Jun 29

Taxi drivers meet with St Albans City Station bosses

TAXI drivers say they will strike if bosses at St Albans City Station do not take action on rising permit rates, and the poor location of their rank. Members of the St Albans Taxi Association claim they are being driven away from trading at the station after “improvements”, by NCP and First Capital Connect, have …

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May 20

Council backs hackney carriages at airport

Senior councillors have backed calls for a hackney carriage taxi rank at Leeds Bradford International Airport. Executive board members said that provision should be made for a hackney carriage stand at Whitehouse Lane – despite objections by the airport. Council leader Keith Wakefield heard that in 2008 the airport’s operators signed an exclusivity agreement with …

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