Trafalgar Square set for black taxi protest over rogue cab fears

10:38 09 November 2011

Cabbies line up against City Hall

Cabbies line up against City Hall

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Militant black cab drivers are set to protest in Trafalgar Square later today in a row over licensing with travel bosses.

Members of the United Cabbies Group will go slow around the tourist landmark and fly banners, including ‘TfL: Totally Failing London.’

They claim rogue mini-cab firms are out of control in the capital city and accuse transport bosses at Transport for London of failing to tackle the problem.

Mini-cab firms are flooding the city with too many drivers, leading to stiff competition for work which has spilled over into violence against black cab drivers, said a UCG spokesman to London24.

Reports off attacks by mini cab drivers on black taxi drivers are unverified.

But TfL does highlight the risk to safety for Londoners who travel in them, in a series of hard-hitting posters at Tube and bus stations.

Protesters today want to see checks brought in to curb the number of mini-cab drivers, by tightening up rules already in place.

Bosses at TfL rejected the action today as based on “false and inaccurate claims.”

“It is deeply regretful that a small and isolated group, who do not represent the views of taxi drivers across London, feel the need to stage this demonstration,” said John Mason, director of London Taxi and Private Hire, said.

“In staging this protest these taxi drivers will be wilfully disrupting the travelling public, the very people they are supposed to serve.”

Around 2,000 black cab drivers form the UCG. A figure for how many will take part in the protest later was unavailable.

Drivers are set arrive at Trafalgar Square for 4pm.

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