OVER 80 HACKNEY carriage cabbies took part in a go-slow demo in Loughborough town centre.
The taxi drivers honked their horns in protest as the procession crawled along at 5mph and brought traffic to a halt in nearby streets.
The taxi drivers were demonstrating against cross border cab hire rules which allow drivers licensed in other areas to pick up fares in the Charnwood district of Loughborough. The cabbies say they are losing trade to outside taxi companies and drivers, with some coming from as far away as Blaby and Wolverhampton.
Taxi drivers’ spokesman Pasquale Corbinzolu said:
We suffer a lot from this because Loughborough is a honey pot because of the student trade. There are enough taxis locally to meet demand but drivers from miles and miles away are still coming in. We carried out the protest to raise awareness of the issue and we want the law to be changed.
Councillor Ken Pacey, chairman of the licensing sub-committee at Charnwood Borough Council, said: “Cross border hiring has come about as a result of changes to national legislation as a result of the Deregulation Act 2015. Charnwood Borough Council does not have any power to inspect a vehicle that is not licensed by us and all we can do, if we receive a complaint about a private hire vehicle licensed by another authority, is send the complaint to the correct authority to deal with.”