Leeds taxi drivers will hold another big protest to fight the policy change

A peaceful protest is expected to take place in Leeds this week as taxi drivers continue to fight fitness and convictions politics.

GMB Union will stage the protest outside Leeds Civic Hall, Millenium Square, tomorrow (Wednesday) from 12pm-2pm.

It comes after Leeds Taxi and Private Hire Organization (LPHDO) continues to protest against the suitability and convictions policy.

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The union will demand a comprehensive review of suitability criteria for taxi drivers and the campaign is also calling for “better deals for taxi drivers”.



A peaceful protest will take place at Leeds Civic Hall in Millennium Square, Leeds

The Suitability and Beliefs Policy was introduced in February 2020 by Leeds City Council, but a number of concerns have been raised about it by taxi drivers.

LPHDO Chairman Ahmed Hussain has previously said Leeds live, the policy means drivers could lose their license for “any slight wrongdoing”.

In the past, the group protested against the board’s “six-point policy” this could see drivers suspended if they get more than six points on their licence.

Mr Hussain sworn in January this year they would continue to protest to highlight the problems of politics.

The authority’s policy page states that ‘the board has the right and obligation to treat the safety of the public as the paramount consideration’ and that standards are set ‘high to give the public the assurance they need when using taxi services”.

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Edward L. Robinett