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END TO RESTRICTION ON TAXI NUMBERS SPARKS NATIONAL PROTEST

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Hundreds of black cab drivers jammed Birmingham city centre last night in protest at the council's decision to lift...
Hundreds of black cab drivers jammed Birmingham city centre last night in protest at the council's decision to lift a limit on the numbers of taxis allowed to operate, reports The Birmingham Post (p1).

Organisers have warned that 3,000 cabbies from around the country are to descend on Birmingham after a meeting at an M6 service station with representatives from Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool and Manchester.

Taxi association chair Terry Trouth said drivers were incensed by comments from the council's licensing committee chair Marion Arnott-Job that they were 'idle and unco-operative', the Post reports.

Birmingham City Council says it has done everything the drivers have requested by increasing prosecutions of illegal hire vehicles and improving licensing facilities.
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