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BASTA drivers return to airport but wait on court

DRIVERS from Birmingham and Solihull Taxi Association (BASTA) may be back on the ranks at Birmingham Airport but there are still concerns about the long-term future.

DRIVERS from Birmingham and Solihull Taxi Association (BASTA) may be back on the ranks at Birmingham Airport but there are still concerns about the long-term future.

Members from BASTA lost the airport contract on June 1 to rival firm Passenger Transport Services (PTS) but are now back on site after winning a High Court injunction.

Over 250 drivers will now be able to work from the airport until contractual matters are resolved in the High Court hearing scheduled for between July 13 and 17.

Irfaan Ahmed, chairman of BASTA, said it’s a very good thing but still early days in the whole process.

“We’ve still got to face a court case and the effect of losing the airport work will impact on the drivers immensly,” he said.

“But we have set a precedent because we are small people who have taken them to court and won. It’s a victory for the people.”

Mr Ahmed also said that BASTA do not have a problem with drivers moving to PTS amid claims that those who have switched associations have been threatened and abused verbally.

“We don’t promote any of that.

“We don’t have a problem with people moving. I think about 35 or 40 drivers have moved to PTS and we can’t stop them.

“Our interests are looking after and representing our drivers.”

An airport spokesperson said, “We understand that BASTA applied for a High Court Judicial Review concerning the termination of their license to provide the Hackney Carriage operation at the Airport. An injunction was served on Wednesday by the High Court to allow BASTA drivers to provide interim services at the airport and to maintain the Status Quo.

The airport is receiving legal advice.”

 

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