Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry taxi strike 'could last months' say drivers

Taxi drivers on strike in Coventry in a dispute over the number of licences being issued say they are prepared to continue their action for months.

Black cab drivers want a cap and the council had promised to temporarily cease issuing any more until it could establish how many were needed.

But after a meeting on Tuesday, the council said it had since been given legal advice not to do that.

The drivers went on strike straight after the meeting.

They said they were also angry at the lack of taxi ranks in the city.

'Council result'

After the meeting, the council said it would commission a survey to find out how many licences were required for the city, but there is now a dispute between the cab drivers and council officials over who should pay for it.

The cost of the survey is estimated to be between £30,000 to £40,000.

The council said its legal department advised them that it would not be sensible to introduce a temporary cap on licensing as it would leave the council open to legal challenges.

But Imran Yaqoob, a spokesman for the drivers said, they wanted a "positive result" from the council otherwise their strikes would carry on.

He said: "Definitely we have to carry on with the strike, until the council calls for a meeting and they give a positive result.

"So, if they're not giving the positive result, we're going to carry on until they give us a result."

The drivers also went on strike for five days last month.

Coventry City Council is controlled by Labour.

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