A taxi driver says cabs that don’t have licenses are robbing the work of those who pay to utilize the Brighton Station queue.
The cameras were installed to prevent any person who doesn’t have a license for the cab rank near the station, in Stroudley.
The cameras got enabled recently with some cabbies protesting against for when collecting from the Jury’s Inn hotel that is on the queue.
However, one taxi driver stated that the cameras need to stay where they are to shield the 80 cabbies who get charged for their license at the queue and that due to this, he is losing business.
Southern Rail that handles Brighton Station, stated the cameras are installed to shield taxi operators with a license for the cab rank. It also urged all cabbies who don’t have a license to utilize the nearest multi-storey vehicle park that is free for twenty minutes.
Also, it will consider shifting the camera forward and having a set location for drop-offs & pick up out of the hotel to avoid drivers paying when going to duties at the restaurant.
The cabbie that operates his own self-governing cab business, believes the cameras should stay.
“They wanted to stop accidents that were happening, but also to stop those who don’t have permits coming on to the site and stealing work as it were. If you’re sitting there for a couple of hours, as we have been during Covid, waiting for a job and someone takes work away from you, it’s very annoying.
“That’s really what the issue is, health and safety and to stop people procuring work without authorisation,” he said.
The taxi driver stated that he pays £915 per year for utilizing the queue and that others joining it should spend that too.
Further, he urged people living in the Jury’s Inn behind the location to utilize taxis with rank licenses.
His comments follow complaints from taxi operators and the Brighton and Hove Cab Trade Association, that stated that its members were being unfairly fined for collecting people from the Jury’s Inn.
They claim they should not be penalised for responding to calls to collect people from outside the inn, which they are permitted to do.
In spite of this, the taxi driver refused calls to relocate the camera.