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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2022 5:02 pm 
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The word 'protest' is used here rather than 'strike', but if it's intended that no cars will be available for a couple of hours then it's surely also a 'strike' of some kind.


Bolton taxis to stage protest outside Town Hall against Clean Air Zone plans

https://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/19 ... one-plans/

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TAXIS will be off the road in Bolton for more than two hours as drivers stage a protest against the Clean Air Zone scheme.

A Greater Manchester Combined Authority meeting is set to take place to rule on whether commercial organisations, including taxi drivers, will have to purchase a car no older than five years to avoid the controversial Clean Air Zone charge.

Bosses of Bolton taxi base Metro, and Bolton’s Private Hire Association (BPHA), fear that taxi businesses will be forced to close if this happens.

Protests are due to take place on Monday from 1.30pm to 4pm at Bolton Town Hall.

During this time, there will be no taxis across Bolton, unless there is an emergency.

Taxi chiefs have said that they are in support of the Clean Air Zone, which comes into force in May, 2022, but the cost of buying new vehicles is a major concern.

Vice chairman of the BPHA, Mahmood Akhtar, said: “We just can’t afford to purchase the new vehicles.

“One thing we don’t understand is that if we have to sell our current cars to the public, they will still be on the road, so why are we being penalised?

“The grants which are being offered are not enough, and we need the rest of the money to help us.

“We also don’t yet have the infrastructure to support the electric vehicles in the area.”

Bosses have also said that fares have been increased recently, and there is also a driver shortage, with others taking on second jobs due to the impact of the pandemic.

And they are concerned that this could affect a lot of their drivers over 50 who cannot afford to get a loan, or a newer vehicle.

Nick Astley, owner of Bolton-based Metro Taxis, said: “We really don’t want the public suffering at all.

“But we need to be listened to, and feel so sorry for our drivers.

“We want to take a stand and these changes should be postponed, with more help given to the drivers.

“Otherwise it will have a big impact on customers who rely on us because we will have to increase fares.”

In a statement issued by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and Cllr Andrew Western, the city-region’s Clean Air lead, said: “In March, 2020, the Government instructed all 10 Greater Manchester councils to introduce a charging Clean Air Zone to tackle harmful levels of air pollution and achieve compliance with legal standards by 2024 at the latest.

“We know this is a major challenge for many individuals and businesses which is why we have always been clear with ministers that it must be accompanied by a fair package of financial support.

“While the Government has provided £120m, we are concerned that they have so far failed to agree to our request for additional support for those who will find it hardest to make the change.”

Taxi bosses from across Greater Manchester are also expected to be at the protest.

If the licensing standards are agreed, they would apply to taxi services from May, 2023.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2022 5:03 pm 
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Bosses of Bolton taxi base Metro, and Bolton’s Private Hire Association (BPHA), fear that taxi businesses will be forced to close if this happens.

Suspect some drivers would call it a day due to the (effective) age rule, but also suspect it's slight exaggeration to say businesses would be 'forced to close' because of it :?

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During this time, there will be no taxis across Bolton, unless there is an emergency.

So all PH firms, all HCs, and all individual drivers will join the strike? :-k

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Bosses have also said that fares have been increased recently, and there is also a driver shortage, with others taking on second jobs due to the impact of the pandemic.

Well if fares have increased and there's a driver shortage, then at least working drivers must be earning more?

Assuming, that is, there is a genuine shortage of drivers rather than operators just wanting more drivers paying them their fees [-(


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2022 7:18 pm 
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I have less sympathy for saloon licensed vehicles as meeting Euro 6 isn't that onerous in my view.

But the problem remains for WAVs, and new ones of those are not cheap.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2022 4:30 pm 
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Two different live updates for this protest, so a shedload of photos, videos, quotes etc:

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk ... e-22700394

https://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/19 ... one-plans/


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2022 7:09 pm 
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Cannot say I had heard anything about the Manchester CAZ. So just had a look.

It is f***ing massive, It is all of Greater Manchester, even out into the middle of nowhere. So you could probably come into Greater Manchester CAZ on a country road and not pass anything bigger than a village for a dozen miles and still be in the the CAZ.

At least my cars are compliant so free


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2022 7:34 pm 
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Like so many things the effects on the taxi/PH trade are only ever looked at when the decisions have been made.

This is just a money-grabbing issue rather than a save the world one, and our trade is the one that suffers the most.

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