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No Submission to the Law Commission! UK Taxi Trade Lobby of Parliament 2nd July 2013

03/07/2013

By Peter J Rose

The UK taxi trade lobby of Parliament produced a fantastic response with hackney carriage drivers travelling from all corners of the country (including Scotland) to attend.

Taxi drivers belonging to Unite and other unions and local associations gathered in Committee room  10 to discuss the Law Commission’s proposals for the UK’s taxi trade and private hire trades. All were united in condemning the Government prompted Law Commission review.

Unite’s Mike Hedges opened the meeting on behalf of the taxi trade and Labour MP John Cryer welcomed delegates to the debate and lobby. 

Louise Ellman, Chair of the Transport Select Committee and Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Maria Eagle were amongst those that spoke in defence of the UK taxi trade.

All those attending were encouraged to protect their trade by lobbying tier MP on the day but also by asking to meet with them in their constituencies.

The taxi trade also received support from taxi manufacturers’ the London Taxi Company and Mercedes. Both realising the affect the proposed changes will have on the country’s manufacturing base and that it is not just taxis driver’s jobs that are on the line with the Government’s  Law Commission proposals but those that work in the support chain of the industry.

A full report of the day will be in the next issue of Cab Trade News.

The Law Commission is set to publish their review on Friday 13th December.

Below are just a few images from the day.

United taxi drivers start to gather outside parliament.

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Unite’s Mike Hedges (Right) discussing Law Commission proposals with a Cab Section Delegate.

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Unite Assistant General Secretary Gale Cartmail with Unite Cab Section  members

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Standing room only in Committee Room 10

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Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Maria Eagle were amongst those that spoke in defence of the taxi trade.

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Leeds Unite Cab Section Chair, Paul Landau speaks about the financial cost to the country if these proposals are allowed to go through. 

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 Also read: Taxi drivers warn deregulation will create chaos on our roads.

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