Cardiff cabbies feel "bullied" as NCP still demanding permits costing over £500 to work station rank

Cardiff Taxi drivers are "feeling bullied" by National Car Parks (NCP), who are refusing to defer renewal fees, according to Unite the Union Wales.

The news comes less than a week after the union announced that an agreement had been put it place which would see all renewal fees deferred for three months to help drivers struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

It seems now, according to Unite Wales, NCP are still demanding the payments of £547, causing outrage.

A spokesperson for the Unite Wales, said: "This has become a farce. After agreeing to defer renewal fees for the Cardiff Central rank, NCP on behalf of Transport for Wales rail are threatening to cancel permits if payments are not made. Members report feeling bullied by NCP into paying. Transport for Wales need to get a grip on this embarrassment now."

Taxi drivers around the UK have been hit extremely hard by the coronavirus outbreak, with travel coming to a standstill in most parts.

Unite Union Officer, Alan McCarthy, said this move from National Car Parks is "shattering the last real remaining earning opportunities", and is demanding an immediate fix.

Regional Secretary for Unite Wales, Peter Hughes, added: "This is disgraceful! An agreement was reached with Transport for Wales and you're failing to keep your end of the bargain.

"Fleecing our members of £547 during this crisis is pure greed, shameful."

TaxiPoint is watching this story closely and will keep you all updated as and when developments occur.

Image credit: Pixabay/UniteWales

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