Cardiff taxi drivers succeed in bid to overturn ban on the use of tinted windows

Updated: Feb 14

Taxi drivers in Cardiff have succeeded in their bid to overturn a ban on the use of tinted windows.

Before Christmas, Cardiff’s taxi and private hire drivers took to the streets to demand action on several topics outside the County Hall in Cardiff.

Unite the Union, who called the action, detailed concerns around the scrapping of tinted windows.

This month Cardiff Council’s Public Protection Committee lifted the ban after taking into account the costs and impracticality of the new rule.

It was argued that manufacturers were increasingly not supplying glass that complies with the current licence conditions, and that the costs involved to change the window ranged between £1,500-£3,000 respective of vehicle.

It was also reported by a Unite spokesperson that some clear window manufacturers were reporting a four month waiting list to acquire the required windows.

A Unite Wales spokesperson said via social media: “Well done to our Cardiff Taxi Drivers Branch who have succeeded in overturning a decision made by the Cardiff Council Public Protection Committee to ban taxis in Cardiff from having tinted windows.

“Drivers will now avoid having to pay thousands of pounds to replace windows.”

Image credit: Unite Union Wales (Twitter)

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