Taxi Driver Online

UK cab trade debate and advice
It is currently Sun May 16, 2021 9:40 pm

All times are UTC [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 2:45 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed May 16, 2012 6:33 am
Posts: 7543
Edinburgh taxi drivers blast council over planters blocking city centre rank

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/ ... nk-3215586

Image
Image: Edinburgh Evening News

Cabbies have blasted Edinburgh City Council after large plant beds installed outside a restaurant have blocked a busy taxi rank.

Furious drivers have asked the council to remove the planters which are taking up at least half of the taxi rank outside The Ivy restaurant on St Andrew Square.

Union officials have accused the council of taking away much-needed space for taxis without consulting them while the trade continues to be hit hard by the pandemic.

It has also sparked fears that other ranks across the city could be closed, using powers under the spaces for people programme.

A picture of the planters posted on twitter by Unite Edinburgh cab branch provoked strong reaction with some branding it ‘unbelievable’.

It comes after drivers held a demonstration outside Edinburgh Castle last week warning of a shortage of nightshift drivers as hospitality reopened, claiming many have been forced out of the trade due to financial pressures.

Drivers welcomed a discretionary payment from the city council this month, but have repeated calls for a £10,000 grant for owner operators who have to fork out more than £1000 every month in operating costs alone.

A spokesperson for Unite Edinburgh cab branch said: "They have taken away half the space at this rank and not asked us. With the downturn in trade we need everything in our arsenal to recover. When they surveyed the rank obviously it would have been quiet, nothing was open then. There is a notice up at the rank of a parking bay suspension order.

"Only two cars can use at a time with these big planters. I know more than 2 cars need to access this rank at a time now with things opening up again. If we double park near waiting to access the rank we could get a ticket. A parking warden threatened me with one yesterday.

"We’ve really struggled this past year. I’ve been in the trade fifteen years now and I own my vehicle. It’s crazy, when you think that our licencing fees pay for maintenance of the ranks. We just feel we are being walked over again with this.

"And we have serious concerns it could happen in other places. There’s a rank up on George IV bridge which has been removed under spaces for people. We would ask these planters to be removed. We need access to help service the public, we can provide safe travel and need our ranks to be able to do so.”

In a recent survey the city council said they found the rank wasn’t being used.

A council spokesperson said: “We’ve retained space for taxis to stop at this location, but some of this space is needed to support hospitality businesses reopening today. There are alternative ranks available at Waverley Bridge, North St Andrew Street, George Street and Market Street.

“We will also be creating a feeder rank nearby following discussions with the taxi trade. These will be implemented as soon as possible, and we will continue to monitor the situation.”


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 2:50 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu May 03, 2007 8:15 pm
Posts: 8750
I so loathe edinburgh City Council for their car hating attitude and general ruination of this once prosperous and pleasant city.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 6:34 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 03, 2003 7:30 pm
Posts: 47678
Location: 1066 Country
Has all that been advertised?

But it is clear evidence that the council don't give two f***s about the cab trade up there.

_________________
IDFIMH


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:10 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Apr 01, 2006 11:47 pm
Posts: 15526
Location: Stamford Britains prettiest town till SKDC ruined it
we had a complete street closed off to allow for outdoor seating and they kept it closed all through the lockdown !

this meant our alternative access to our rank was gone :sad:

_________________
Taxis Are Public Transport too

Join the campaign to get April fools jokes banned for 364 days a year !


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:57 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed May 16, 2012 6:33 am
Posts: 7543
Still there by the looks of it. Apparently council said it wasn't required because not used during lockdown. Er... :-s ](*,)

Image
Image: John Galloway/Twitter


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 52 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group