Council moves welcomed by taxi insurance customers

Taxi insurance customers in the Kirklees area have welcomed moves made by the council to try to solve issues surrounding proposed licensing fees hikes.

This comes after a meeting between the Kirklees Hackney Carriage Association and Dewsbury West councillors was held in which both parties agreed to reach a compromise with regards to fee payments.

Akooji Badat, vice chairman of the association, told the Batley and Birstall News: “This is good news for taxi drivers and customers. I really think we were heard and we hope when the council comes to make its decision we have secured a deal.”

Original proposals made by the council entailed an annual increase from £65 to £85 to purchase a new taxi licence and a jump from £37 to £60 to renew a licence every year.

Meanwhile, the Kidderminster Shuttle recently reported that taxi insurance customers in the area intended to stage a protest against the council, which intends to make it a legal requirement for all vehicles to be wheelchair-ready.

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