05 Nov '14, 10am

Bristol taxi drivers hit out as at least 100 hackney cab drivers from out of town exploit loophole to work in city

Scores of taxi drivers from other parts of the country are exploiting a loophole in the law by coming to Bristol looking for work, it has emerged. At least 100 hackney cab drivers from as far afield as Sheffield and Cornwall are taking advantage of the legal anomaly to ply their trade in the city. Old-fashioned black cabs from other parts of the country can operate in Bristol legally, but only as private hire cars. They are not licensed or insured to pick up passengers in the street, unless they’ve been pre-booked. Cab drivers based in the city have to pass a local geography test which examines their knowledge of the city and the rules surrounding MOT tests are also much tougher. But black cab drivers from outside Bristol are allowed to come to the city and work as private hire cars, which means they are not supposed to stop and pick up passengers in the street. Under the ...

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