Category Archive: Taxi Numbers

Jun 14

New rules aim to tackle spiralling taxi numbers in Worcester

NEW rules governing taxi drivers are coming into force in Worcester – following concern the number of cabs has “spiralled to unprecedented” levels. The number of taxis licensed on city streets has hit 288, an 18 per cent surge in just one year. Worcester City Council has revealed plans to try and manage it – …

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Jun 10

Australia: Taxi licence holders could face ruin as Commonwealth Bank labels licences ‘nil value’

TAXI licence holders could face bankruptcy after a major bank told staff to attach a nil value to all Victorian licences in the wake of reforms announced by the State Government last month. Licence holders who have borrowed hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy permits fear they will be financially ruined. A leaked email …

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May 29

Taxi ‘go slow’ protest in city centre

TAXI drivers staged a ‘go slow’ protest in Salisbury city centre this afternoon in protest against Wiltshire Council’s licensing procedures. Drivers moved in convoy in a slow circuit around the one-way system for an hour and a half, starting at noon. Organiser Stuart Commins said: “We would like to apologise to people for the inconvenience …

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May 29

Fareham taxi drivers hand in petition calling for numbers limit

A 200-STRONG petition calling for a cap on taxi licences was handed to Fareham Borough Council last night. Fareham Hackney Taxi Association claims there are too many taxis in the town. There are 233 hackney carriages licensed in Fareham. In neighbouring authorities, Portsmouth is capped at 234 and Southampton is capped at 283, although the …

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May 24

Licensing watchdogs to restrict taxi numbers

HIKE in the number of Hackney carriage drivers on South Tyneside roads has been ruled out. Council bosses recently carried out a survey, questioning more than 600 drivers, customers and local firms, which revealed people in the borough believe they get a high level of service from the existing licensed taxi fleet. The vast majority …

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May 09

Maidenhead: Restrictions removed from the number of licensed taxis allowed

All restrictions are to be removed on the number of licensed taxis allowed on ranks in Windsor and Maidenhead. Last year the Royal Borough eased restrictions by allowing a maximum of five new licences a month, outraging existing taxi drivers who stormed out of a council meeting swearing at startled councillors. But at a meeting …

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Apr 24

Too many taxis in Cambridge

Fifty taxi drivers have been fined in a zero tolerance crackdown on ‘over-ranking’ in the middle of Cambridge. Police have targeted cabbies in St Andrew’s Street amid concerns that cars queuing beyond the end of the rank hold up buses and pose a hazard to pedestrians and cyclists. The 50 fines, of £30 each, were …

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Apr 21

Wolverhampton taxi drivers to threaten council boss with strike

Taxi drivers in Wolverhampton will confront the city council’s leader as they threaten to strike over a lack of ranks and plans to license older vehicles. They say there was ‘no progress’ in a meeting with licensing bosses on Thursday so will instead take their complaints to Councillor Roger Lawrence. And if they cannot come …

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Apr 13

Dundee cabbies hit out at ‘nasty’ bus drivers

Police are targeting cabbies in Dundee city centre following “confrontations” with bus drivers. Rising tensions over a lack of rank space has seen city centre stand-offs, with cabbies angry that bus drivers are taking pictures of their cars with mobile phones. Unmarked cars are now patrolling Nethergate and warnings are issued to taxi drivers parked …

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Apr 12

Bedford taxi drivers hit by fee hike to fund survey

TAXI drivers could be made to pay more than £250 extra for their licenses after councillors decided to undertake a survey into the number of licensed vehicles. At a meeting of the council’s licensing committee last Thursday members voted to carry out a survey into how many people should be allwoed to become licensed drivers. …

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