Drivers sue State over ‘disastrous’ liberalisation of taxi licensing regime » National Taxi Association

Drivers sue State over ‘disastrous’ liberalisation of taxi licensing regime » National Taxi Association

Financial disaster: drivers bought licences from other licence holders for up to £100,000 before liberalisation. Test cases brought to High Court over claims move breached constitutional rights Many taxi drivers suffered a “financially disastrous overnight catastrophe” as a result of the unlawful, unreasonable and unfair liberalisation of the taxi licensing regime in 2000 and are entitled to damages, the High Court has been told. Drivers who bought licences from other licence holders for up to £100,000 had their constitutional rights to property, equal treatment and to earn a livelihood breached when their value was wiped out overnight in 2000, Michael Collins SC said. Some drivers bought licences as late as August 2000; by November, licences could be acquired for about £5,000. Test cases Counsel was opening actions by three taxi drivers – Alphonsus Muldoon, Vincent Malone...

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