CROWDS of cabbies - who are angry about losing a contract at Birmingham International Airport - held a demonstration in Solihull last week.
Angry drivers from the Birmingham and Solihull Taxi Association (BASTA) gathered in Monkspath Hall Road car park on Friday. Members are concerned that there will be a dearth of work in Solihull now that the association can’t use the airport ranks.
The contract was terminated on June 1 and has been taken over by another firm - Passenger Transport Solutions (PTS).
Irfaan Ahmed, chairman of the association, said: “This has taken away our livelihoods and forced us to work elsewhere. When we come to Solihull, there are not enough ranks for us to work from. This is why we are here to hand in our concerns today.”
Gavin Morris, the council’s licensing officer, came out to speak to the drivers. He said that the local authority was aware of the calls for more local ranks and that a meeting would be held to look at the issue.
The day before the Solihull demonstration, cabbies had brought Birmingham city centre to a stand-still with a go-slow protest.
An airport spokesman explained that the contract had been offered to the BASTA under the condition that drivers complied with certain regulations. After several attempts to agree a deal, the contract was instead given to the PTS.