Craven Cabbies CCTV Protest
Taxi and private hire vehicles drivers took part in protest over Craven CCTV plans.
05:36 26 October 2021
Around thirty taxis and private hire vehicles in Craben have joined a protest against plans to install CCTV cameras in their vehicles.
The protest, which was organised by cab driver Peter Hubbuck, involved circuits of the high street lasting around 15 minutes in a convoy of vehicles from the bus station car park. The drivers are opposed to the plans due to monetary constraints.
Mr Hubbuck said: “Craven District Council’s licensing committee must think taxi drivers are made of money by making drivers pay for something they don’t want and the general public don’t want,”
“As a taxi driver myself, times have been very difficult over the past 18 months with very little or no money coming in to pay general household bills.
“We have had no help whatsoever from the council; whereas in other council districts there has been free badges, free plates, hand sanitiser, the list goes on.
“A camera costs approximately £500 – an amount that most of the drivers do not have as we are still trying to catch up on our bills like everybody else in the country.
“The taxi fares have not increased in the last 10 years, and the cost of living has gone up largely, such as council tax, price of cars, the list goes on and on.”