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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:35 pm 
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Taxi boss fumes over Birmingham Airport 'nightmare' as free parking cut to 20 minutes

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/m ... m-17688901

Julie Chambers says the problems are affecting all private hire drivers - and she's had to drop people off at a nearby

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A taxi boss claims there is no where to park 'within a mile of the Birmingham Airport' for private hire drivers amid a combination of rules and restrictions.

Julie Chambers, owner of Solihull's Jet Cars, fumed that parking has become a 'nightmare' for picking up and setting down plane passengers - especially after the 30 minute free car park was cut to 20 minutes.

The cabbie, who only does airport transfers, says she's even had to drop customers at Bickenhill Tip as there's a no return within an hour on the car park too.

She feels the tip, which is almost two miles away, isn't a safe place to be waiting for clients - but says it is the only nearby parking for a second drop or pick up within the hour.

"Well I've just been parking at Bickenhill Tip, but to be honest parking there at night scares me to death," she told BirminghamLive.

Julie transfers to the airport up to 15 times a day over the peak holiday season and she says it is affecting all private hire drivers just the same.

She added: "It has been ongoing for quite some time now. There is no getting away from that fact that they [the airport] have no regard for us private hire drivers. There is lately nowhere to park within a mile of the airport. It's affecting everybody, it's a nightmare.

"If they allowed us to go back in then it wouldn't be so much of a problem.

"I have had enough. I'm fed up with emailing the Airport. There is just nothing for us at all here."

She claims that the private hire driver discount card for the car parks has rocketed from £10 to £120 recently too - although Birmingham Airport would not confirm this.

"If you try and park up within the hour you get moved on by the traffic warden. If I drop at the station [Birmingham International] I risk a fine because I'm parking on the red route, but I've not tried that yet because there's only two spaces and they're always full."

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Birmingham Airport urged the private hire drivers to use the longer stay car parks as an alternative.

An Airport spokesperson said: “To assist with providing sufficient capacity at all times in this popular drop off facility, the free drop off period is now 20 minutes with £1 applicable for 20-25 minutes and £3 for 30 minutes.

"This free duration is long enough for users to drop off passengers and exit the car park for free. The no return within one hour has been in existence since the car park opened in June 2017 to ensure that there is enough capacity and flow within the car park for our customers.

"Private hire vehicles who use the airport regularly are permitted to apply for a discount on the prices, and many local businesses do take part in this scheme.

“Birmingham is one of the only major UK airports that offers a free drop off facility so close to the terminal, that is both served by a dedicated bus all year round and a purpose built, covered pedestrian walkway to the terminal.

"For collection of passengers we would recommend using alternative car parks that are located adjacent to the terminal and provide hourly rates for longer stays.”

“For more information of parking choices please visit http://www.birminghamairport.co.uk.”


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:55 am 
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StuartW wrote:

"Private hire vehicles who use the airport regularly are permitted to apply for a discount on the prices, and many local businesses do take part in this scheme.


Is this actually advertised anywhere? A few years ago I had a discount car for the carpark and it saved a fortune but I haven't seen it advertised.
The other point is, if you are providing a dedicated airport transfer service surely you should factor in the car park charge when you quote a price.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:35 am 
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I use the "express drop off" to drop off and pick up at £2.00 it is cheaper than EMA but I suspect within a year it will match stansted at £4

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:49 am 
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Is this actually advertised anywhere? A few years ago I had a discount car for the carpark and it saved a fortune but I haven't seen it advertised.
The other point is, if you are providing a dedicated airport transfer service surely you should factor in the car park charge when you quote a price.

And have a standard pick up procedure than involves the punter ringing you when they have picked up their luggage and on the way out.

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I’ve got a cloned staff car park entry fob. Then punters can use the monorail to get to the airport terminal.

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