7th July Sees Mass Meeting to Hear Decision of Leeds Licensing Committee

6 Jul 2009


Hundreds of Private Hire and Hackney Cab Drivers will turn out in force tomorrow (Tuesday 7th July) at The Leeds Civic Hall, to hear the long awaited decision of The Licensing Committee in relation to age limits.
Leeds City Council are expecting a large turnout at The Licensing Committee meeting tomorrow of interested drivers that have campaigned against the proposals to bring down the maximum age of licensed cars from eight to six.
Usually the meeting is held in one of the smaller committee rooms but on this occasion the meeting will be held in the main council chamber.
Bill Chard, Regional Organiser, for the GMB union representing private hire drivers said: “Attendees will start to congregate in preparation for the meeting at 9.00am in order to show their opposition before the full licensing meeting at 10.00am. They will be armed with placards demonstrating their disgust at the unnecessary and extreme proposal.”.  He added: “I sincerely hope that the council have been listening to the constructive arguments that we have put to them, if not then we are on a direct collision course.”
Javaid Akhtar President Of The Leeds Private Hire Branch – A Branch Of The GMB, Stated: “We have met with council officials and councillors, we made a presentation to the full council, They know exactly where the trade stands on this, if they introduce this extreme policy in spite of the opposition then they will bring disruption to the city.”
For further details or comment please contact Bill Chard on 07958 156838 or Javaid Akhtar on 07944 155119

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