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Cabbies in airport fare row defeat

THE long battle between cabbies and Birmingham International Airport has ended after a judge ruled airport bosses had acted legally.

THE long battle between cabbies and Birmingham International Airport has ended after a judge ruled airport bosses had acted legally.

Drivers from Birmingham and Solihull Taxi Association staged a number of protests after they claimed they had been unfairly treated after losing the airport contract to Passenger Transport Services.

Hundreds of members lined up in Monskpath Hall Car Park to protest last month, causing huge traffic problems in the centre of the borough.

In Birmingham drivers took part in a slow drive through the city centre, while others hunted for fares at New Street Station and other busy areas.

Despite their claims, Justice Wyn Williams decided airport bosses acted legally in awarding PTS the contract because of the association’s worsening financial situation which showed the group made a net loss of £289,952 in 2007.

He referred to a contract set in 2006 which said the agreement could be terminated if there was ‘substantial deterioration in the financial circumstances of the licensee’.

An Airport spokesperson said, “We welcome the court’s judgement concerning the Judicial Review which was filed by BASTA following our decision to change the management contract for our Hackney Carriage operation at Birmingham Airport.

“We have had a successful transition and the black cab operation continues to be coordinated by the new management company, PTS, which offers our black cab drivers and passengers the facilities and service they require.”

 

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