New rules aim to tackle spiralling taxi numbers in Worcester » National Taxi Association

New rules aim to tackle spiralling taxi numbers in Worcester » National Taxi Association

RANK OUTSIDER: Queueing taxis are a common sight in Worcester. NEW rules governing taxi drivers are coming into force in Worcester – following concern the number of cabs has “spiralled to unprecedented” levels. The number of taxis licensed on city streets has hit 288, an 18 per cent surge in just one year. Worcester City Council has revealed plans to try and manage it – and from the autumn will only be accepting applications from drivers with new vehicles. At the moment people can ask for a licence as long as the vehicle is under three years old, as opposed to a new one which can cost anywhere from £17,000 to £30,000. The ruling would also apply to current taxi drivers with vehicles where the age limits expire, which is set at 10 or 12 years depending on the model. Members of the city’s licensing committee said they had “no idea” how the drivers make a living. Councillor P...

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