Supporting Wirral's Hackney drivers

Wirral's Licensing Committee has tonight backed calls from Unite the Union and the Borough's Conservative Councillors to retain the cap on the number of Hackney's licensed to operate.

Six years ago, Conservative members of the Committee secured all-Party support for the introduction of a cap, using the powers granted by the Transport Act of 1985.

Tonight, councillors received a report with the results of a survey of taxi demand in the Borough, paid for using fees paid by drivers, that showed there was no unmet demand in Wirral.  At the time of the survey, there were 258 Hackneys licensed, against a limit set in 2012 of 289.

A member of Unite the Union also explained why the cap should be retained.

Councillor Ian Lewis said: "Many Hackney drivers have invested heavily in their vehicles. They deserve the security of a stable income.  It's clear from the survey that there is no unmet demand, although the location of some of the taxi ranks should be kept under review."

And nationally, Conservatives have:

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