Daniel Zeichner MP is calling on the government to assist struggling taxi drivers whose incomes have plummeted as train passenger numbers have dropped.
Cambridge taxi drivers pay a fee to Greater Anglia, who run Cambridge railway station, to use the station’s taxi rank. Cabbies got a brief reprieve in July and August but now have been told that taxi rank fees are owed, in full.
Local drivers say this is unaffordable and the final nail in the coffin for their business. One driver said that he was earning less than £30 a day during lockdown. Other drivers fear that if they do not pay up they will lose their rights to pick up passengers at the station.
MP Daniel Zeichner reacted with fury when the Department for Transport told him they had made “no assessment” whatsoever of the impact on drivers’ incomes.
Daniel Zeichner MP said: “Passenger numbers have collapsed and the taxi trade is feeling the pinch. People have been told to stay home again and many drivers have not been able to make a living for months. It is disgraceful that the Department for Transport is doing nothing to assist taxi drivers. Given that they now in effect run the rail companies surely some of the “Emergency Measures Agreements” for substantial subsidies to train operating companies could be used to off-set the taxi rank fees.”