Category Archive: Ranking Problems

Sep 10

New station taxi charges on hold to allow further talks

A proposed taxi rank charging system at Birmingham New Street, aimed at encouraging greener vehicles and a better customer experience, has been put on hold to allow more time to secure agreement with union representatives. The new charges, first announced two years ago, included a sliding annual fee for taxi drivers based on how polluting …

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Mar 11

Blackburn taxi drivers in battle for temporary rank to remain

BLACKBURN’S taxi drivers have appealed to council bosses to keep the four-year-old ‘temporary’ rank outside the town’s market. A total of 45 drivers have signed a petition calling for the four hackney carriage bays on Church Street to be retained when the redevelopment of the central shopping area is complete. The document tells Blackburn with …

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Feb 27

Wolverhampton taxi drivers threaten strike in licence row

Taxi drivers and the council are on a collision course over the number of cars in Wolverhampton. There are 174 Hackney Carriages licensed to trade in the city but only 60 rank spaces. Strike action is being discussed by drivers who also want a rule allowing six-year-old vehicles to join the existing fleet scrapped. Showdown …

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Feb 02

Shrewsbury taxi drivers to carry out mass protest and blockade council buildings

Taxi drivers in Shrewsbury are planning to carry out a “mass protest” blockading council buildings in an attempt to establish an official rank in the town. Roddy Doran, spokesman for Shrewsbury taxis, said drivers were planning to congregate outside the Guildhall in Frankwell and Shirehall some time next week in order to get their views …

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Dec 01

Taxi drivers at Temple Meads protest and refuse to pick passengers up after row with Network Rail

Taxi drivers at Bristol’s busiest station refused to take any fares on Monday morning over a dispute about driver numbers. A sign outside Temple Meads on Monday morning warned commuters of disruption Taxi drivers at Bristol’s busiest station refused to take any fares on Monday morning over a dispute about driver numbers. Commuters arrived at …

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Nov 13

Anger as cabbies take over parking spaces at Temple Meads

PARKING for people picking up friends and relatives from Bristol Temple Meads station is being swamped by taxis, commuters say. The short-stay car park outside the station’s main entrance is being filled up by taxis during busy periods, passengers say, leaving no space for paying customers. Commuter Kate Beej told the Bristol Post she counted …

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Nov 13

Dundee taxi drivers demand: ‘use our £45,000 for marshals, or give it back’

Cab drivers are accusing Dundee City Council of “sitting” on £45,000 set aside for employing marshals at a taxi rank. In March, the council’s licensing committee voted to introduce the stewards outside the Grosvenor Casino on Marketgait, but eight months later they have still not appeared — despite taxi drivers each paying £30 towards the …

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Nov 03

Gateshead taxi rank could get a marshall in a bid to improve safety in Low Fell

Council chiefs have confirmed they are looking at introducing taxi marshalls in Gateshead but said local taxi drivers will not have to foot the bill Taxi drivers have asked for a marshall at a Gateshead rank after unruly behaviour among punters in the early hours. Drivers in the borough want a raft of improvements to …

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Oct 21

Preston: Taxi drivers protest causes city centre gridlock

Traffic in Preston city centre has ground to a halt because of a protest by taxi drivers. The spontaneous protest, blocking Fishergate, is thought to have begun after a cabbie was ticketed for illegal parking. It comes hours after county council bosses celebrated the completion of the £3.4m Fishergate Central Gateway Project with lowered curbs …

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Aug 18

Southern urged to think again about closing Brighton Station taxi rank

Train company Southern is being urged to think again about its decision to close the busiest taxi rank in the area whenever Brighton and Hove Albion play evening games. The Conservative parliamentary candidate for Hove Graham Cox said that the decision was a mistake. He spoke out after the customer experience manager at Brighton Station …

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