Taxi drivers to strike over proposed licence change

Taxi drivers to strike over proposed licence change

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Nicola Hine

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Taxi drivers to strike over proposed licence change

Taxi drivers look set to strike over council plans to change a licensing policy.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is considering de-restricting the number of hackney carriage licenses it hands out and issuing five new licenses per month as of May 1.

But drivers who already hold that type of license fear they will face more competition for customers and say they are short on space for parking as it is.

They are expected to demonstrate in Maidenhead on Tuesday by meeting at Braywick Park and driving in convoy through the town.

There are 96 hackney carriages - taxis which can be hailed - across the borough compared to more than 900 private hire vehicles, which must be pre-booked.

While a survey conducted last year shows they are providing a 'good or very good' service with no significant unmet demand, it suggests an increase in licenses could be an improvement.

An increase in the taxi licensing fee has also been recommended.

Results of a further consultation will be reported to the borough's licensing panel at a later date and any resolutions are expected to go before the council in April before they can be implemented.

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