Taxi drivers voice concern over Gatwick Airport safety

24 October 2012

Taxi drivers operating around Gatwick Airport have voiced their concern over the amount of unlicensed cabs that operate around the site.

Crawley Borough Council has received a number of complaints from drivers that are worried about the safety in the area as the airport is serviced by a host of cabs that were not registered with the local authority.

Airport Cars Gatwick admitted to using vehicles from other arms of its business to cope with demand after a woman died at the airport’s train station on October 11th.

While the firm maintains it has not broken any laws Jen Parker, Unite’s regional officer, believes that taxis that came from outside of Crawley could have been breaching their license.

“Drivers could have invalidated their insurance, and passengers would have been put at risk. If true, this sort of cowboy behaviour is completely unacceptable at Britain’s second largest airport,” Ms Parker added.

Gatwick is the UK’s second busiest airport behind Heathrow and saw over 33 million passengers use the facility over 2011.

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