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Cab Drivers Delighted With Council Meeting

27th October 2017
News, Mansfield

Cab Drivers Delighted With Council Meeting

A group of independent cab drivers from Mansfield say they are delighted with the outcome of a recent meeting with Mansfield District Council, following several months of conflict.

Over the last seven months rows have erupted between a group of Mansfield based hackney-carriage “black cab” drivers and the council following a range of incidents including drivers being issued penalty points and arguments regarding where to park in the area when waiting for a fare.

However a public meeting held on Wednesday between the Council’s Licencing Team and a group of drivers saw a number of positive outcomes – including the councils promise to work more closely with drivers to promote their existence.

Chris Riley, a spokesman for the drivers, told Mansfield 103.2 News “It went very very well, and the end result [of the meeting] is that both parties have come out extremely enthused about the possibilities of what we can actually do when we work together.”

“A lot of the councillors that were present were rather shocked and surprised at how isolated we had become – ultimately now we [as drivers] certainly feel that we are getting their support they’re talking about ways to notify the general public through the media and through signage in the town to tell people where we actually are – it left us feeling six foot tall”

“A lot of the things that were discussed, I think we’ll start to see some significant changes in a very short space of time which is wonderful news. We’ve had to stand and be counted, but I’m pleased that they have listened to our side of the equation – we are now very confident that changes will take place”

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