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Go-slow taxi protest in Guildford today

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Go-slow taxi protest in Guildford today

Published at 6:21am 27th March 2018. (Updated at 3:44pm 27th March 2018)

A convoy of taxis has held a go-slow protest in Guildford town centre.

Up to 30 vehicles have crawled around the one-way system in a demonstration against a reduction in meter fares.

 

Back in December, Guildford Borough Council cut the fares by 16%.

The decision followed a judicial review challenge by the taxi trade to a proposal to reduce fares.

The challenge was dismissed by the High Court on December 5.

Taxi fares are now £4.52 for the first mile - and £1.72 for each mile thereafter, from 7am to 11pm Monday to Saturday.

Guilford taxi protest

Drivers say it is unfair - and that their livelihoods are being affected.

Guildford taxi driver of over 40 years, David Williams-Wynn, is behind today's protest: "I want a proper payment for the work I do.

"We want a fair fare for the job we do.

"And taking 16% off it is not fair.

"We've had it for three and a half years, for goodness sakes, why should they take it off us now?"

David said if they do not get the response they want from the council, they will conduct more protests:"This is just to give a demonstration of what we can do, that we are more united now than we have been before.

"If we don't get any joy, it's been suggested we do two protests, one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and we just keep on going until they relent and give us back our living wage."

Guildford taxi protest

Another driver, Carl, has been working in the industry for 30 years. He says he he may have to give it up because he's struggling to pay his bills: "Half my week is now going towards paying for the loss of nearly £200.

"There's no money to be had - I'm just about keeping my head above water now.

"If it carries on like this, I'm leaving the trade."

Leader of Guildford Borough Council, Cllr Paul Spooner, described the fall in fares as "good news for the public".

guildford taxi protest

 

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