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Hundreds of taxi drivers stage protest in Wolverhampton - WATCH

By Megan Archer | Wolverhampton | Transport | Published: | Last Updated:

Black cab drivers claim the city council has issued thousands of licences to Uber cabbies and it's hitting them in the pocket.

The protestors gathered at Wolverhampton Science Park before setting off into the city centre

Hundreds of taxi drivers drove into Wolverhampton city centre as part of a demonstration.

Cabbies from Coventry descended from 2pm to campaign against Wolverhampton Council's private hire licensing system.

They say the authority has issued thousands of licences to Uber drivers operating all around the country, threatening the livelihoods of black cab drivers in places including Coventry.

Hundreds of taxi drivers stage protest in Wolverhampton

Taxi drivers, backed by the Unite union, gathered at Wolverhampton Science Park before setting off to drive the final one and a half miles down Stafford Road into the city centre.

The group planned to make their way towards Wolverhampton Civic Centre to protest to council officials.

The taxis make their way into Wolverhampton city centre

A protest organised by the West Midlands Private Hire Drivers' Association, which was also planned for today, was called off after council bosses threatened anyone taking part with legal action.

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Meanwhile, council bosses hit back at the protestors - with staff handing out bottles of water to anyone caught up in the traffic jams.

In a tweet the council said: "Coventry taxi drivers have arrived in Wolves and we are ready with water to give to the public who might be caught up in the sweltering heat caused by this pointless protest. The protest needs to go to Westminster not Wolves."

Cabbies later gathered outside Wolverhampton Civic Centre to conclude their protest
Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Deputy Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Deputy Chief Reporter with the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton and surrounding areas. Give me a call on 01902 319363, email megan.archer@expressandstar.co.uk or find me on Facebook at facebook.com/meganarcherstar

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