CABBIES in Durham are threatening to go on strike as plans to make all taxis one colour took a step closer to becoming a reality.
Durham County Council’s cabinet yesterday backed a policy to make the area’s hackney carriages white, and it could now be in force by April 1.
The proposals also include a single deregulated taxi zone – making trade throughout the county a ‘free for all’, say drivers.
Adrian Fets, chairman of the Durham Independent Taxi Association, said the changes would force companies out of business.
“This is absolutely ridiculous,” he said. “They haven’t done any research. They have no idea of the implications of what they are doing.”
The authority claims eight out of 12 North East councils have a taxi colour policy and it will make trade more consistent, fairer and safer for residents and visitors.
Bit if the plans are agreed by all councillors the association has pledged to push for a judicial review. It said members are planning strikes and protests “at the busiest times possible.”
“The whole trade is up in arms,” said Mr Fets.
Coun Bob Young, cabinet member for strategic environment and leisure, told the meeting the proposals have been put forward after extensive consultation with taxi drivers and residents.