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DfT appoints new Roads and Local Transport Minister, raising eyebrows in the taxi industry

The Department for Transport (DfT) has appointed a new transport minister responsible for roads and local transport, which notably includes the taxi industry.

While this appointment of Guy Opperman, Member of Parliament for Hexham in Northumberland, has initially raised some eyebrows within the industry, the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA) has expressed its strong intentions to establish a meeting with the incoming minister.

Steve McNamara, General Secretary of the LTDA, spoke briefly about Opperman's lack of background in the transport sector. As a former barrister, Opperman is expected to bring a unique perspective to the role.

Speaking in TAXI Newspaper, McNamara stated: "As a former barrister, he doesn’t seem to have much of a background in transport, but we will be getting in touch to set up a meeting.”

The taxi industry plays a crucial role in local transportation, serving as a lifeline for many communities and contributing to the overall infrastructure and economy of the country. It is seen as essential for Government ministers to have a deep understanding of the sector’s intricacies and challenges to effectively address the needs of both taxi drivers and passengers.


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