Hereford & Worcester

Go-slow protest in Redditch at taxi inspection price rise

The convoy
Image caption The drivers said the increase would have to be passed on the customers

About 200 taxi drivers have taken part in a go-slow protest in a Worcestershire town after a council introduced new charges.

The Redditch Taxi Association gathered on Silver Street and carried out a rolling road block in the town.

Members said they are angry at a price increase for vehicle checks since Redditch Borough Council took over the procedure.

The cost will rise from £25 per test to £64 with the council, a spokesman said.

'Last straw'

Safder Hussain, chairman of the association, said: "The council have embarked on the road to perdition and have not thought through their policy.

"The losers again are going to the drivers and ultimately the general public.

"We have done everything possible to keep the fares low, in some cases lower than the bus fares.

"But this is the straw that will break the camel's back.

"Fares will have to rise to cover the extra perceived costs the council are asking us to pay."

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