Sheffield cabbies call for a strike over CCTV camera decision

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CALLS for strike action have been made by angry taxi drivers after Sheffield Council refused to budge over CCTV in vehicles.

Hafeas Rehman, the chairman of Sheffield Taxi Trade Association, described the decision to make cameras mandatory for all cabs as a ‘slap in the face’ for cabbies across the city.

Angry drivers blasted a ‘lack of trust’ in their honour as they made their voices heard while presenting a petition at Sheffield Town Hall.

Driver Niaz Sadiq, aged 26, from Firth Park, said: “We provide a public service and if customers didn’t feel safe they wouldn’t use us. It’s very disappointing.”

Some of the irate crowd called for a strike, but others were reluctant to take up the idea of industrial action.

Haq Nawaz, 35, of Sharrow, said: “I think we could look at launching a legal case.”

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for licensing, said: “We’ve got some of the best taxi drivers in Sheffield, but like every city there are one or two we’d rather not have. We are responsible for the safety of the travelling public.

“There are details to be hammered out but a decision has been made.”