Taxi and private hire drivers in Leeds are set to continue their strike action this weekend in protest at the council’s controversial new Suitability and Convictions policy.
The latest strike will begin at 10pm Saturday 29 January and end the following morning at 6am.
Leeds City Council (LCC) released a statement in relation to the action, urging drivers to ‘reconsider their planned action’ and continue talking to council representatives.
Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council's deputy leader and executive member for resources, said: “We have been made aware of proposed strike action this Saturday 29 January by taxi and private hire drivers and would like to make anyone who may be impacted by the potential disruption aware of the situation.
“The proposed strike action is from 10pm this Saturday night until 6am the following morning. It is not clear how many taxi and private hire drivers will participate in the strike action. The council recognises everyone’s right to take strike action but it is sensible for us to ensure people are aware to help minimise any potential disruption to people’s travel arrangements.
“If you are out or working this Saturday night and would normally rely on taxi or private hire transport to get home please ensure you consider alternative travel arrangements after 10pm.
“We have asked the taxi and private hire trade organisations to reconsider their planned action, and continue their dialogue with us over the proposed accumulation of minor motoring convictions criterion of the suitability policy in order to achieve a positive outcome for all parties.”