Hackney drivers fear influx of old cabs into Northampton following rules change » National Taxi Association https://t.co/Lbw2Ao9X6u

Taxis aged up to 19 years old are working in Northampton following a relaxation of rules on the age of vehicles. The borough council changed the three-year age limit for hackney carriage last month, letting drivers make a living from any age of cab. Northampton Hackney Carriage Association said it was concerned that already dwindling numbers of spaces on the ranks would become fewer still. In the last three years, numbers in Northampton have already jumped from about 125 to 150. Joe Matthews, the chairman, said although a handful of drivers had already started up with cabs nearly 20 years old, the issue was not poor quality vehicles. He said: “All cabs have to pass strict tests. The issue is too many hackney cabs competing for too few spots. “The rule change means they are far cheaper to buy and we’ve already seen a few extra ones arrive since last month. It means you have...

Full article: http://www.national-taxi-association.co.uk/?p=9686

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