Guildford Taxi drivers protest against reduced meter rates


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Guildford taxi drivers organised a Go-Slow protest this morning against reduced fares imposed against them at the end of last year. Drivers say the 16% cut in their meter rates has left some of them having to clock up 80 hours a week just to get by. One taxi driver explained in an article published in Get Surrey, that their fare rates were nowhere near on par with any other boroughs. Drivers now claim that the reduced fares could cost them up to £7,000 a year in earnings. The council had previously attempted to lower fares back in 2015, but following a threat of legal action by taxi drivers and problems with the way fares were calculated, the proposal was abandoned. The taxi drivers picked Guildford's town centre one-way system as their location for the go-slow protest which started at 10am, lasting an hour. The organisers said they intend for it to be a one-off protest, but if the council refuse to listen to their concerns they will arrange further protests to take place for five mornings and five afternoons.
March 27, 2018 at 12:11PM https://ift.tt/2ufVjKI