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THE COLOUR OF their vehicles and the threat of a city-wide congestion zone are just two of the seven issues contained in a petition that taxi drivers have given to councillors in the West Country.

Hackney drivers say a number of proposals put forward by the local authority will damage their trade and put livelihoods at risk.

On the subject of cab colour, the petition states:

Manufacturers change their shades of blue on a regular basis. To buy a new car in the shade of blue that meets your requirements is almost impossible. We request a review on the choice of colour as we feel that not enough thought has been given to the financial impact on drivers.

Other concerns voiced by Bristol taxi drivers include: making cab drivers pay to enter a city centre congestion zone, more ranks and an MOT system which they claim is too strict.

A spokesman for Bristol City Council said: “The council acknowledges the challenges facing the taxi trade and we would like to thank the trade associations for engaging with us on these issues.”

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