28 Jun '15, 10am

Summer Ramadan hits 25% of cab drivers who stop work at sun-down

Summer Ramadan hits 25% of cab drivers who stop work at sun-down

At least a quarter of minicab and taxi drivers in London are stopping work once the sun goes down to mark Ramadan. The holy month commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief. Organisations which represent drivers said at least 25% were finishing their shifts before sundown to return home and break their fasts with family. It is estimated about one million Londoners will fast from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan. The Muslim holy month follows the lunar calendar and as such it is the first time in many years it has fallen at this point in the summer when daylight lasts for about 19 hours. Steve Wright, chairman of the Licensed Private Hire Car Association, said: “We are aware that many private hire and taxi drivers won’t be working during Ramadan. It’s certainly very tight, it’s about 25%, but it doesn’t stop the world from turnin...

Full article: http://www.taxi-driver.co.uk/?p=3166

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