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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 4:48 pm 
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These two articles are from last week. Not sure why I didn't post them then, particularly since ranks is one of my pet subjects :-o

But first piece basically about the drivers' protest, second is follow up from the council.


‘No alternative’ Drivers' protest over Newport taxi ranks

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/ ... axi-ranks/

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HCDs drive past the civic centre in protest (Image: South Wales Argus)

TAXI drivers across Newport gathered to hold a “go-slow” protest in the city yesterday.

Hackney cab drivers are angry at the lack of ranks available to them in the city, and Unite, the union representing them, says their “complaints have fallen on deaf ears.”

As a result of their frustration with the council, drivers organised a protest taking them from Newport Railway Station, along the Kingsway to Friars Walk, back up to Queensway, and then around the Civic Centre.

And Unite warned that if a resolution to their concerns cannot be found in the next few weeks “they will want to express their frustrations again”.

The drivers’ complaints centre on reduced cab space in Upper Dock Street and Corn Street.

Imran Badat, a taxi driver in Newport, said: “We have not been given enough Hackney ranks in Newport city centre.

“What we have been given is not enough.”

The drivers want the Corn Street rank to be extended, a night rank on Bridge Street and Cambrian Road, a night rank on Queensway, and a rank at the railway station.

Alan McCarthy, from Unite, said: “We have had an association with the local authority for communication purposes for years, and the drivers have tried to discuss the removal of some of the rank spaces, talking about Corn Street and Upper Dock Street in particular.

“They used to have a 25-car capacity up there, and it is down to six now.

“Given that there is probably a narrow window for taxi drivers to recoup the losses they have incurred throughout the pandemic, we really need to be making sure that they are maximising their ability to make a living, hackneys right now in particular.

“Attempts to have a dialogue to say give us back our rank have fallen on deaf ears.”

Mr McCarthy said the protest was a sign of the frustration felt among the drivers, and he warned that more could follow.

He added: “We are really keen to get the attention of the local authority.

“Most demonstrations arise from frustration, saying we are here we want to talk about our needs.

“The drivers feel they have no alternative now.

“If they can’t get that resolution in the next few weeks I’m sure they will want to express their frustrations again.

“It seems as though the dialogue, that at one time was constructive, has fallen short.

“They need to take into account the hackney trade is a trade, people rely on it to feed their families and pay their rent.”


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Council ‘to continue to work’ with taxi firms on ranks

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/ ... rms-ranks/

NEWPORT City Council has denied claims from taxi drivers that there are not enough ranks in the city.

Drivers held a go-slow protest in Newport on Tuesday, claiming that spaces had been “snatched” from them and there were insufficient places for them to pick up customers.

But the council has refuted those claims.

A spokesman said: “Newport has 52 taxi bays available for use in the city centre and can confirm that no bays have been removed recently.

“The council will continue to work with local taxi companies and license holders to ensure the best possible access options for residents and visitors to the city.”

The drivers want the Corn Street rank to be extended, a night rank on Bridge Street and Cambrian Road, a night rank on Queensway, and a rank at the railway station.

Alan McCarthy, from the union Unite, said the protest was a sign of the frustration felt among the drivers, and he warned that more could follow..

He added: “The drivers feel they have no alternative now..

“It seems as though the dialogue, that at one time was constructive, has fallen short.”


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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 4:49 pm 
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Unite wrote:
They used to have a 25-car capacity up there, and it is down to six now.


Newport City Council wrote:
“Newport has 52 taxi bays available for use in the city centre and can confirm that no bays have been removed recently."

So who's right? Maybe the key word is 'recently', thus what the council says isn't inaccurate if the spaces were removed last year, say, because of Covid, perhaps.

Newport City Council wrote:
“The council will continue to work with local taxi companies and license holders to ensure the best possible access options for residents and visitors to the city.”

Or the council will continue to churn out meaningless PR bull when asked for a quote from the press? [-(


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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 5:22 pm 
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The drivers don't need words from the council, that doesn't pay their bills.

The want and need proper rank space in the right place, not waffle/PR speak from a civil servant.

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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2021 5:57 am 
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I remember years ago campaigning for better rank facilities and attending a meeting at our council up in Grotsville

a report was read out claiming there were 6 at the station when there were only 2 and these were due to go when the site was developed for housing and a couple of other part time ranks so they decided there was plenty but proposed to close the existing part time ranks and provide us with parking outside the town with a call system so someone could press a button and a taxi would have to drive 2 miles to the centre :roll:

Eventually they decided that was too expensive and gave us the rank we currently have

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