GMB is campaigning in many towns and cities to urge local authority leaders, Mayors, MPs and drivers of the trade to support and join the campaign to change the law to protect taxi and private hire drivers and the public.
Drivers in York will take part in a drive-by type procession from 10.00am, doing a loop of the city which will take in Station Road, Station Rise and York’s Council West offices. Drivers want to highlight the problems caused by out-of-town taxi drivers coming into York, which is having a major impact on trade and putting members of the public at risk.
GMB is supporting a Private Members Bill by Labour MP Daniel Zeichner to reform legislation covering the taxi and private hire industry.
The Deregulation Act 2015 has created a Wild West situation in many towns and cities, with the unfettered licensing of operators and drivers. Some taxi owners, like UBER, are taking advantage of deregulation - encouraging out-of-town and cross-border working, using drivers who are not licensed and regulated in local areas.
Lynn Brook, GMB Organiser in York, said: “Public safety is now seriously compromised. Local enforcement officers cannot enforce safe standards when it comes to out-of-town vehicles. Also illegal touting is on the increase. Local licensed regulated drivers are being forced out of the market, with earnings taking a hit and leaving drivers below the breadline."
“Many of the public seem unaware that they may be driven by someone not locally licensed, or not licensed at all. This is a major public safety issue and that is why we are campaigning today.”
For further comment contact Lynn Brook on: 07958-053286 or 0345 337 7777.
Photo Opportunity at York Station at 9.00am on the 25th September.