Coventry & Warwickshire

Possible talks on Coventry taxis strike

Taxi drivers on the eighth day of strike action in Coventry over a rise in licences say their legal advisors are willing to speak to the council.

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.

It said it had since been advised not to do that.

Taxi spokesman Imran Zaman said their legal advice suggested the council's stance was wrong.

"We've have a legal representative who specializes in licensing who says it's not illegal for them to put a cap on and he is willing to sit down and talk to them."

The Labour-controlled council has said it will 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 the council over who should pay the estimated £30,000 to £40,000 costs.

Placing a temporary cap on licensing would leave the council open to legal challenges, a council spokesman has said.

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