Bristol news Woman on way to hospital angered by taxi driver protest PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - She says they need 'sacking' but taxi drivers have real grievances
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A woman has spoken of her frustration at being caught in standstill traffic on her way to hospital as taxi drivers block roads in Bristol city centre. Dozens of Hackney Carriage and private hire drivers have blocked lanes at the Bearpit as part of an ongoing row with Bristol City Council. Taxi drivers have listed three main grievances but the authority says it has been working hard to mitigate problems. Traffic is currently gridlocked in Stokes Croft, Bond Street, Haymarket and nearby roads as taxi drivers blocked the inside lane of the Bearpit. One woman, who is stuck in traffic with a man on crutches on their way to an appointment at Bristol Royal Infirmary, said out of her car window: “Some of us have hospital appointments. “The main hospital for the city is there, just off the Bearpit.” She said they set off half an hour earlier in an attempt to beat the queues. “I think they deserve sacking,” she added. The first issue taxi drivers have is with the way the council handled payments of the ARG - the Additional Restrictions Grant. This is money given by the Government to self-employed people whose incomes have been badly affected by coronavirus lockdown. The second issue is about the ongoing controversy regarding a taxi rank outside the Bristol Hippodrome on St Augustine's Parade.
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. In late October last year, taxi drivers held a convoy protest about the rank, after a number of drivers were fined for stopping there and picking up fares. Organisers of the protest have apologised for the inconvenience caused Reporter Tristan Cork is at the scene of the protest and said some drivers caught in the jams are edging forward as the taxi drivers “are literally driving around the Bearpit in a circle.” “It does not take much to bring Bristol city centre to a standstill,” he added. A council spokesperson said they have been working hard to mitigate problems. He said: "A new larger rank with shelter and signage opposite the Cenotaph has also been installed. However, we have been clear that the concerns for public safety and congestion issues outside the Hippodrome make it an unsafe location for a taxi rank. "We have worked with the trade representatives to install an evening/late night rank with a new shelter and improved signage 50 meters away from the Hippodrome. “Proposals to support those with non-compliant vehicles are included as part of our Clean Air Zone Full Business Case, including help for taxi drivers to upgrade vehicles that don’t meet emissions standards. We will share more information about exemptions and the financial support that will be in place to help people switch to a cleaner vehicles once our business case is approved.”
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