Leeds cabbies protest against ‘unfair’ parking penalties


Taxi drivers in Leeds have complained that they are being unfairly penalised with parking fines when picking up clients.

Leeds Private Hire Association has claimed that cabbies in the area are regularly being hit with fines of between £35 and £70 in the city centre, with some being issued two or three penalties each week, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.

It also expressed unhappiness that many wardens are noting registration numbers and mailing penalty notices instead of issuing tickets, impinging on drivers’ abilities to protest.

Javaid Akhtar, president of the body and representative of union GMB, stated that these practices are unfairly penalising drivers and clients who depend on them, as well as calling for the council to provide clarification on parking guidelines.

He said: “Taxi drivers are the backbone of this city’s economy and now enough is enough.”

Last month, GMB issued a criticism of local authorities in Basildon for failing to provide sufficient regulation on new taxi licenses in the area, which it claimed has led to overcrowding.

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