Birmingham cab driver plans to demand upfront fares blocked by council » National Taxi Association

Birmingham cab driver plans to demand upfront fares blocked by council » National Taxi Association

Fears vulnerable people would be left stranded if passengers had to hand over fare at start of journey to prevent ‘bilking’ Council chiefs have refused a bid by city cabbies to allow them to demand passengers hand over fares upfront – to prevent them ‘doing a runner’. Birmingham and Solihull Taxi Alliance (BASTA) wanted to introduce signs, bearing the council logo, in both black cabs and private hire vehicles to stop the crime known as bilking. But members of the city council’s licensing and public protection committee said the move would leave vulnerable people stranded if they could not afford to pay up front. Coun Lynda Clinton (Lab, Tyburn), said: “I have grave concerns about people paying up front, I think it will leave people isolated and vulnerable. “There could be old people or even children that are in a taxi and have no cash and want someone to pay for them on th...

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