Taxi demonstration in St Albans

Cabbies annoyed at St Albans district council

ABOUT 50 cabbies have joined a convoy being driven through the centre of St Albans this afternoon in protest against a district council decision to refuse a request to cap the number of hackney carriage vehicle licences being issued.

The demonstration, which began at 4pm, means that members of the St Albans and Harpenden Taxi Association will not pick up passengers from inner city taxi ranks until the protest ends at about 7pm.

The association was annoyed when St Albans district council recently rejected a request to impose a limit on the number of licences issued. The council currently licences 259 hackney carriage vehicles, up from 127 in 1999, when it removed restrictions.