18 Feb '13, 1pm

New blog posting, Heathrow cab war: Tout 'threatened to kill licensed taxi driver'

Police are investigating attacks on black cabs amid tensions between licensed taxi drivers and minicab touts over lucrative routes from Heathrow. Three men were arrested after taxi drivers were allegedly followed home from the terminal and had their vehicles damaged. About 6,000 licensed London taxis work from Heathrow each day. They are the only vehicles that airport operator BAA permits to pick up fares. A BAA “tout squad” works with plain clothes detectives to catch those plying for trade illegally. But confrontations have been reported between legitimate cabbies and unlicensed drivers “trying their luck” at the arrivals gate. One licensed driver, who asked not to be named, said: “I’ve been targeted several times. It started last year when I caught this guy nicking our work. I challenged him and escorted the passenger back to the rank. “The next day his brother was wait...

Full article: http://legaledoff.com/2013/02/18/heathrow-cab-war-tout-th...

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