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Aylesbury Vale Cab Licencing

Monday, January 26, 2015

GMB Call For Overhaul Of Cab Licensing In Aylesbury Vale For Better Service To Traveling Public

Members call on Aylesbury Vale Council to merge the red and white plates and replace them with a single cab licence for the Aylesbury Vale area says GMB.

GMB, the union for professional drivers, is calling on Aylesbury Vale Council to overhaul the current separate urban and rural cab licencing arrangements into a single cab licence to cover urban and rural areas.

There are currently 50 white plates covering Aylesbury and 11 red plates covering the rest of the council areas. Only cabs with white plates are allowed to pick up fares in Aylesbury.

Steve Garelick, GMB Branch Secretary for professional drivers who represents the red plate drivers, said “There have been massive changes since these two grades of cab licences were introduced.

GMB has advocated with council officers for some time now that a simple system needs to be put in place. So far our calls have fallen on deaf ears.

There is absolutely no difference between red and white plates in the undertaking of either knowledge test or vehicle type in Aylesbury Vale. Also insurance, safety and standard of the vehicles are again the same.

In fact all red plate vehicles are to a higher standard than some of the older white plate taxis that do not conform to European whole type approved.

Merging the plates will increase capacity in Aylesbury to give the public more choice with safe reliable drivers.

Overhauling and merging the two plates would also alleviate confusion to the public over which plate is which as well as reduce emissions on empty journeys and create greater choice for the public.

With the advent of Apps many individuals can E-hail without the need to go to a rank and the current system no longer seems to fit the bill.

As things stand the red plate drivers have less rights to work in Aylesbury than private hire drivers and this can no longer be justified.

GMB support members call that councillors and the planning team at Aylesbury Vale Council merge the red and white plates and replace them with a single cab licence for the Aylesbury Vale area.”


Contact: Steve Garelick 07565 456 776, or Michelle Bacon 07961 709680 or Mick Rix 07971 268343.  GMB press office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823


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