'We'll boycott Maldon if our licence fees go up' say cabbies

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Colin Parker with his petition Colin Parker with his petition

Taxi drivers are threatening to boycott Maldon if councillors vote to increase their licence fees.

Angry cabbies are campaigning to reduce the licence fees for hackney carriages and private hire operators after Maldon District Council proposed to increase the charge in February.

The proposed fee for a hackney carriage is £267 and £265 for a private hire operator for 2014/2015 - an increase of £13 since 2013/14.

Campaigner Colin Parker, 40, a driver for Banyards Taxis in Maldon’s High Street, drew up a petition urging councillors to rethink the rise.

He said: “We are just frustrated by it all.

“When you speak to all the other drivers in Maldon, we are just fed up because we are paying too much money and getting nothing for it.

“It’s a joke."

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10:14am Thu 17 Apr 14

Jack222 says...

So a rise roughly in keeping with inflation and they complain?

No sympathy.
So a rise roughly in keeping with inflation and they complain? No sympathy. Jack222
  • Score: 7

10:27am Thu 17 Apr 14

Opsiomath says...

If there are fewer cabs in the High Street at least there will be better parking and more considerate maneuvering
If there are fewer cabs in the High Street at least there will be better parking and more considerate maneuvering Opsiomath
  • Score: 4

10:53am Thu 17 Apr 14

L2097 says...

GIven the prices they charge themselves they'll still have a handsome profit!

Are they really serious making this fuss about an extra £1 a month?

It's a joke indeed.
GIven the prices they charge themselves they'll still have a handsome profit! Are they really serious making this fuss about an extra £1 a month? It's a joke indeed. L2097
  • Score: 7

3:32pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Regbluebottle says...

That's a rise of 3.5p per day! Hardly anything to moan about.
That's a rise of 3.5p per day! Hardly anything to moan about. Regbluebottle
  • Score: 5

10:51am Fri 18 Apr 14

Jack222 says...

'Getting nothing for it?' the taxi man says -

I think prime parking positions in the High Street are certainly something with immediate footfall of potential customers.
'Getting nothing for it?' the taxi man says - I think prime parking positions in the High Street are certainly something with immediate footfall of potential customers. Jack222
  • Score: 6

8:57am Mon 21 Apr 14

Itsnotcomplicated says...

I believe the taxi in the picture is actually parked where there are double yellow lines, which is no surprise. Maybe MDC could send through a £70 fine to add to the £13 fee increase? In general MDC could pull in a stack of revenue if it properly policed the double yellow lines in the High Street - taxis are a major culprit even though they have a rank!
I believe the taxi in the picture is actually parked where there are double yellow lines, which is no surprise. Maybe MDC could send through a £70 fine to add to the £13 fee increase? In general MDC could pull in a stack of revenue if it properly policed the double yellow lines in the High Street - taxis are a major culprit even though they have a rank! Itsnotcomplicated
  • Score: 4

10:02am Mon 21 Apr 14

Regbluebottle says...

Itsnotcomplicated wrote:
I believe the taxi in the picture is actually parked where there are double yellow lines, which is no surprise. Maybe MDC could send through a £70 fine to add to the £13 fee increase? In general MDC could pull in a stack of revenue if it properly policed the double yellow lines in the High Street - taxis are a major culprit even though they have a rank!
He is also parked the wrong way round, ie against the traffic. Maybe he should be fined for that too? Not a very bright man.
[quote][p][bold]Itsnotcomplicated[/bold] wrote: I believe the taxi in the picture is actually parked where there are double yellow lines, which is no surprise. Maybe MDC could send through a £70 fine to add to the £13 fee increase? In general MDC could pull in a stack of revenue if it properly policed the double yellow lines in the High Street - taxis are a major culprit even though they have a rank![/p][/quote]He is also parked the wrong way round, ie against the traffic. Maybe he should be fined for that too? Not a very bright man. Regbluebottle
  • Score: 2

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