Photo: From left to right: Ashraf Yousif, Jon Smith, Mike Weatherley MP and Hany Abadeer
Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, along with representatives for local taxi drivers, has met with Baroness Kramer, Minister of State, to discuss changes to taxi regulations that could adversely affect passengers in Brighton & Hove.
Taxi drivers in the city are concerned about changes to current taxi regulations. General concerns include: Public safety; Duration of licences; Sub-contracting of bookings; and allowing taxis from neighbouring authorities to operate within Brighton & Hove. Previously on this issue, Mike has met with taxi representatives from across Brighton & Hove and written to his colleague the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport.
Mike arranged a meeting with Baroness Kramer, Minster of State at the Department for Transport in order to discuss both the issues facing drivers and passengers as a result of deregulation proposals. Also, in a debate on the issue, Mike highlighted the high regard of Taxi drivers in Britain and specifically the importance of local knowledge of taxi drivers within specific geographic areas, as well as the general concerns of the Brighton Sudanese Taxi Forum.
Commenting, Mike said: I am pleased that we were able to secure a meeting with the Minister to discuss a number of important changes that have been proposed for the deregulation of taxis. Quite understandably, local representatives have a number of concerns with the changes and it has been helpful to discuss these issues with Baroness Kramer, who took the points that were raised on board.