27 February 2017

Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for the Environment at Sheffield City Council, said: “We are aware of the demonstration being arranged by the taxi trade on Tuesday 28 February in Sheffield, which is part of a wider demonstration taking place in many towns and cities around the country.

“Sheffield City Council are extremely supportive of the licensed trade in relation to this matter and we have written to local MP’s, the Minister for Transport Chris Grayling, and Professor Alexis Jay OBE. We have also been to London with Louise Haigh MP, Clive Betts MP and the GMB union to meet with Andrew Jones MP, Under Secretary of State.

“Cross-border working and the influx of out-of-town vehicles into Sheffield has been caused by the Deregulation Act 2015, and in turn this has seriously undermined what we do as a licensing authority.

“In our view, it puts members of the public at risk when, unknowingly to them, they get into a vehicle from Rossendale, Gedling, Kirklees, Wakefield or even as far away as London and the Isle of Anglesey.

“We will continue to do everything we can to support the taxi trade associations. Hopefully this may result in a change to the Deregulation Act and protect those drivers that have become properly licensed through Sheffield City Council.

“We will also be working with South Yorkshire Police in the coming weeks to specifically look at the out-of-town vehicles and drivers.”