The merger of Sheffield’s two biggest taxi firms will not result in any job losses, bosses have confirmed.
City Taxis will acquire Mercury Taxis on June 1 and the combined business – to be known as City Taxis – will have a fleet of more than 1,400 drivers.
Paul Gosney, business development manager, ruled out redundancies and said the move will actually create new jobs.
He said: “Everyone employed by Mercury has been offered a job with City, including management, control room staff and drivers. All of the drivers have been offered data heads to work from.
“Next week we start eight days of training for the 450 drivers who are set to switch. All the new drivers will receive City Taxis uniforms, first aid training and passenger assisted training – the latter being essential because we carry so many passengers in relation to the NHS or who may be children and young people.”
However, he accepted the merger comes when competition in the sector is increasing. One competitor causing controversy is the Uber smartphone app, which allows customers to book and track vehicles.
Unions representing taxi drivers say the system enables users to contact unlicensed drivers who have not been subjected to safety checks. Cheaper fare prices through using the app have also sparked protests.
Mr Gosney said the firm’s advanced technology systems would help to keep City Taxis ahead of the game and added: “We are confident that, as we enter a new era, we are the equal or are ahead of any potential rivals.”
City employs 85 people at its new headquarters in Attercliffe. The total combined job count is expected to hit 110,000 per week.