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Cabbies threaten action as licence fees are increased
TAXI drivers have threatened to bring Hereford to a standstill after being told that their licence fees will be increased with immediate effect.
A council meeting on Tuesday agreed to the proposal after hearing that the service costs around £28,000 more than the total raised through fees paid by taxi drivers.
Normally, the extra costs are picked up by council taxpayers rather than the taxi trade.
The new fees, which were based on costs, were derived from estimating future activity based on applications received for taxi licences in the last financial year.
But Keith Preen, from KMJ Cabs, said that many drivers cannot afford to pay the increases and are planning a protest.
“A programme of total disobedience is going to be discussed and we are very serious about putting an operation in place which will bring the city to a total and utter standstill and embarrass the council, especially when the Queen comes."
For the full story, see today's Hereford Times.