Bath Taxi drivers say council are doing nothing to help deal with Uber and cross border hiring which
Bath taxi drivers are the latest in a long line to air their concerns in regards to the future of the trade and the ever expanding ride-hailing service Uber.
Drivers have spoken out about the amount of out-of-town private hire drivers who are entering the area to pick up fares.
In 2015 the Deregulation Act was introduced which allowed drivers with a private-hire licence from a local authority to use it to operate anywhere in England and Wales.
Bath taxi driver, Reza Mirnezami, said this has allowed Uber drivers who are registered in Gloucestershire, for instance, to operate in Bath and Somerset, among other areas.
As reported by the Somerset Live, Mr Mirnezami has said that Bath and North East Somerset Council need to do something to stop Ubers encroaching on their patch as it is hurting them financially.
Mirnezami has stressed that Uber drivers are threatening local taxi drivers livelihoods and pointed out that they are not registered with this area like they are.
Local taxi drivers are soon to "pay thousands to the council" to renew their taxi plates, he said, and is calling for the council to help protect them. Mirnezami also believes that the large influx of Uber vehicles are contributing more to traffic and causing higher pollution levels.
Taxi drivers have consistently said that ride-hailing apps such as Uber have saturated the market, forcing many to quit their jobs.
It seems like the uneven balance of supply and demand is tipping drivers to reconsider their futures in the taxi industry.
The council has spoken out and said that Uber was not breaking the law and it did not have the power to stop licensed drivers from elsewhere coming to the city to pick up fares.