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Post by Aftab on Mon 18 Aug 2008 - 5:18

Cabbies upset by ruling

Aug 15 2008 by Michael Green, Chester Chronicle

DISGRUNTLED cabbies left a Town Hall meeting telling ruling Tories “you don’t know what you’re talking about”.

Packing the public seats, they listened as the executive voted to lift restrictions on the number of black cabs allowed to operate in the city.

Tory deputy leader Stephen Mosley (Handbridge & St Mary’s) emphasised: “This is not allowing a free for all.”

Mike Woodham, on the ranks for 14 years, told councillors that with the cost of financing his cab, he needed income of 800 a month before starting to make a penny. He said delimiting the number of cabs allowed in the city would dilute the amount of work available to cab drivers at a time when it was already falling.

The city’s 123,500 population was already served by a total of 650 cabs and private hire vehicles which worked out at one taxi for every 190 people, Mr Woodham pointed out.

“The more taxis we have the less work there will be for each taxi,” he insisted.

Chairman of the city’s licensing board, Cllr John Ebo (Con, Newton Brook) said a survey of unmet demand was not required if restrictions on numbers were to be lifted. He claimed that 72% of local authorities in the country had derestricted.
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Post by vulcan on Mon 18 Aug 2008 - 7:40

I cant beleive the bleeting of some people in this trade, why oh why do taxi drivers believe they have a right that the council, should protect their income. How many times has the Council protected the income of such things like food suppliers, butchers, fast food outlets, pubs, cinemas, independent garages, bus drivers, bin men, the list is endless, these people should wake up and smell the coffee, there are ways of keeping numbers down, without a limit. Tougher tests for new drivers, seperate the badges make it harder to get a HCV licence. Tough specifications on vehicles. ALSO get rid and keep out the undesirables that get the trade a bad name, FRONT OF STAR TONIGHT,

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Post by ahmed on Mon 18 Aug 2008 - 9:35

It was after reading the star that I came straight onto forum to find more and this is what vulcan is refering to THIS (CLICK HERE)
What a shame it is for you Aftab to have known him.

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