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Cabbies struggle after cut backs

CABBIES say they are struggling to find work, after cut backs at Birmingham International Airport.

CABBIES say they are struggling to find work, after cut backs at Birmingham International Airport.

Drivers of the Birmingham and Solihull Taxi Association (BASTA) say they are under increasing pressure to find fares elsewhere, after Passenger Transport Solutions (PTS), the firm that now handles the airport’s taxi services, limited

the number of drivers that may enter to 300, citing declining airport

passenger numbers as the main cause. Now, drivers can only enter if one of the 300 spaces becomes available.

Irfaan Ahmed, chairman of BASTA, said: “Only 300 drivers can work the airport, and that is our main source of fares.

“If we can’t work there, there is nowhere for us to go.”

An airport spokesperson said: “In light of reduced passenger numbers at the airport – resulting

from the economic downturn – PTS made the decision to limit the number

of drivers at 300, ensuring

there is sufficient work

for the drivers in the current climate.

“The licence holder can negotiate the number of drivers working at the airport and this will be increased in the future when the passenger levels rise.”

 

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