Second Rotherham taxi protest planned today

Rotherham taxi drivers protested outside Rotherham Town Hall as council approves plans for tougher licensing laws.
Rotherham taxi drivers protested outside Rotherham Town Hall as council approves plans for tougher licensing laws.
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Rotherham taxi drivers vowed to carry on with strike action with another protest set for 4pm today.

Drivers withdrew their services in response to new licensing laws set to come in on July 6, which will make drivers install CCTV cameras in the wake of child sexual exploitation scandal.

The strike which started at 6am this morning caused gridlock on many roads coming into Rotherham as taxi drivers took part in a ‘go slow protest’.

One Rotherham taxi driver told The Star that strikes will continue until commissioner Mary Ney meets with drivers to discuss the controversial licensing laws.

Commissioner Mary Ney, who has responsibility for the council’s Licensing function, said: “We have been having ongoing discussions with representatives of the trade throughout the process of drafting this new policy and have met all of their previous requests for meetings.

“We have made numerous changes in direct response to what they have told us, relating to the age and colour of vehicles for example, and we are due to meet with representatives again to discuss the finer detail of how we put the scheme in place.”