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Minicab drivers protest London’s congestion charge

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Minicab drivers protest London’s congestion charge 14th January 2019

Hundreds of minicab drivers in London has protested against TfL’s proposal to remove the congestion charge for private hire vehicles.

According to the Standard, drivers said they are angry with congestion charges for minicabs introduced by London mayor Sadiq Khan that slashed their take home pay by 25 per cent.
The protest was called by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain's United Private Hire Drivers branch.

The Union said TfL research showed that their members will be disproportionately affected.

“Black cabs drivers, which are 80 per cent white British, continue to be exempt from paying congestion charge,” the statement reads.

Instead of the charge, the union has suggested a cap on the total number of minicab vehicle licenses, to reduce the amount of time drivers spend on the road waiting for passengers by providing dedicated rest spaces in zones one and two.

They also said the mayor should “use his existing powers to enforce worker rights, adding:  “Minimum wage enforcement would provide the necessary incentive for operators to reduce the number of cars on the road.

Source: Standard

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