Traffic piling up in Sheffield as taxi drivers begin go-slow protest

The picture on Sheffield's roads at 4.30pm, courtesy of the AA's travel checker, with red lines indicating queuing and slow-moving traffic
The picture on Sheffield's roads at 4.30pm, courtesy of the AA's travel checker, with red lines indicating queuing and slow-moving traffic
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Traffic appears to be piling up in Sheffield ahead of Tuesday's rush hour, as protesting taxi drivers begin a go-slow through the city.

Taxi drivers are demonstrating against new government licensing legislation they say have created a 'wild west' working environment.

Taxi drivers protest outside Sheffield Town Hall

Taxi drivers protest outside Sheffield Town Hall

The GMB union is organising a 'slow drive' starting at 4pm today, during which a convoy of taxis are travelling from Attercliffe to the city centre.

The AA's traffic checker was this afternoon showing a tangle of red lines on roads across the city, which indicates slow or queuing traffic. It is not known if all, or indeed any, of this traffic is connected with the go-slow.

The go-slow follows a demonstration earlier this afternoon outside Sheffield Town Hall against the Deregulation Act, which allows private hire taxis licensed in one local authority area to operate across the whole country.

The GMB says 'cross-border hiring' is 'killing' the taxi trade and putting public safety at risk.

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