Taxi drivers protest against Southampton City Council gates signage policy
Southampton City Council has decided to keep its current policy of signing doors, requiring drivers to keep operator names on their doors. However, several private drivers oppose it because they say it prevents them from working for multiple operators.
The Council had rejected a proposal from the VTC drivers to have the choice between two panels: one with the name of the operators on it and one with the details of the VTC license. The names of the operators would not have been completely removed but a second sign would have been added instead, giving private drivers the right to perform work for more than one operator in practice.
Prior to this decision, a Council consultation found that only 34% of trade wanted to keep the current sign policy, while 64% disagreed.
Private driver Ali Haydor said of the protest that “Our request is simple, remove restrictions on how we trade or grant us worker status.”
In response to Mr Haydor, Council said: A spokesperson for Southampton City Council said: “This issue has been consulted, considered, presented and a democratic decision has been made. It was discussed at a recent Licensing Committee meeting, where we hosted a number of speakers to share their views. After reviewing all of the performances, members decided that the vehicles should continue to sport the Southampton City Council livery – something that has been in place for 20 years – so that taxi drivers and users can have confidence in the livery. authorization and safety of this mode of public transport.
If individuals feel they have other concerns, there is a method of appeal for license conditions.