Taxi drivers hailed their strike as a success after they say Hyndburn council agreed to meet them to discuss the issue of ‘write-off’ vehicles used as taxis.
Around 130 drivers protested outside Hyndburn council’s Scaitcliffe House on Ormerod Street, Accrington on November 7 against rules regarding taxis damaged under a category D insurance classification. Drivers are also campaigning against plans for taxis to have a ‘59’ plate or newer to meet European emissions regulations.
Taxi driver Raz Hussain said drivers spoke with the council’s chief executive David Welsby and were due for a meeting with them on Thursday, November 10.
He said: “We met with the chief executive and got an appointment. Rather than starting at the bottom we went to the top and now we might get somewhere.”
But Coun Gareth Molineux, Hyndburn council’s portfolio holder for resources, said Thursday’s meeting was arranged prior to the strike and the council would review the issue in the New Year.
He said: “We won’t make concessions that will put the public at risk.”