Dudley was brought to a standstill on Tuesday (April 16th) as taxi drivers staged a go-slow protest around the council’s building.
Cabbies in the Midlands town are angry at the ruling that only white coloured vehicles may be used for hire in the borough and members of Dudley Private Hire and Taxi Association have been pushing for a second colour to be introduced.
The organisation has argued that white cars are more expensive to purchase due to the popular nature of the shade but councillors have maintained that having a one-colour scheme helps customers to identify licenced taxis.
Shaz Saleem, organiser of the protest, told the Express & Star: “We have been forced into this because the council has refused to change its policy. We wanted to show the strength of feeling and a make a stand against these unfair rules. More than 1,000 people have signed a petition which shows how many feel the same way about this.”
Dudley is a key area for many drivers in the Midlands due to its close proximity to areas such as West Bromwich and Birmingham.
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