Ripley cabbies complain over taxi rank move proposals

Taxi drivers in Ripley, Derbyshire have raised concerns over new plans by the local authority to relocate the town’s main taxi rank.

Cabbies have suggested that plans to create a new taxi rank on one of the area’s main roads could cause difficulty for disabled customers and damage business, reports the Ripley & Heanor News.

Amber Valley Borough Council’s proposal involves the creation of a new 24-hour rank with a nine-cab capacity, in addition to a six-taxi bay for use after midnight.

However, Dean’s Taxis driver Mike Fletcher told the newspaper: “If we are picking up disabled people we will have them getting into the cab from the middle of a main road.”

Cab owners have therefore suggested that any new ranks be introduced in addition to the one that currently exists.

This comes after the Times & Star reported last week that Cumbria cabbies have complained to the council over daytime pick-up restrictions, which they claim make it hard for elderly and infirm customers to get around.

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