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Protest against fines for local taxi and private hire companies

A protest is taking place outside the Buckinghamshire County Council today to deliver a petition against the new charges.

Published by Mix96 News at 2:21pm 5th December 2019. 3-minute read.

Protest against fines for local taxi and private hire companies

A petition is being delivered to Buckinghamshire County Council today against the planned new charges put in place for local taxi, private hire, bus and coach companies.

A peaceful protest organised by the License Private Hire Car Association is happening outside the council to deliver a petition to stop these changes going ahead.

The Bucks County Council contract's Penalty Points and Default Chargers for Poor Performance are a set of terms and conditions to ensure that transport services meet the quality required in order to safely transport children, young people and vulnerable adults. 

Some of the new fines being put in place include:

  • £100 fine for an early pick up or arrival at a school or establishment more than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time
  • £150 fine for turning up in a smaller vehicle than contracted even if due to a breakdown
  • £500 fine for failing to wear a valid BCC ID badge

These are on top of fines already put in place by the council. 

Steve Wright, Chairman of the License Private Hire Car Association who has organised the protest expressed his concern:

"The councils terms and conditions are not standard business practice. They're not fair on the businesses and they're not fair on the individuals that are being put under these conditions.

They get the choice, you either sign or you lose the contract.

In a way, its bordering on emotional blackmail of these businesses".

The LPHCA had previously written to BCC to express their dismay at the conditions but had lacked meaningful engagement.

A spokesperson for the BCC has said:

"We have put in place quality standards which set out what we expect in areas such as quality vehicles, driver training, service timings and safeguarding and licensing requirements. These quality standards are in line with usual practice across the country".

 

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