UNUSED taxi cabs are being stored in fields as work involves a screeching halt for drivers.
Transport for London knowledge reveals licensed taxis within the capital fell by a fifth from 18,900 in June to fifteen,000 this month.
Over 200 unused cabs are being stored close to Epping Forest, EssexCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
Solely 20 per cent of cabbies are nonetheless driving their autos, in response to The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Affiliation.
The group additionally discovered taxis at Heathrow Airport waited a mean of 9 hours earlier than selecting up a passenger final month.
GB Taxi Companies has solely ten of its 100-strong cab fleet working and retains the remainder on fields close to Epping Forest, Essex.
Sherbet London taxis employed a carpark to assist retailer 400 unused cabs.
Common secretary Steve McNamara stated cabbies are incomes “hunger wages” round 1 / 4 of regular ranges.
Drivers “are doing determined issues” equivalent to promoting their taxis for effectively beneath market worth to “get via the following few months”, he added.
Like GB Taxis, pictured, Sherbet London taxis employed a carpark to assist retailer 400 unused cabsCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
Taxis at Heathrow Airport waited a mean of 9 hours earlier than selecting up a passenger final monthCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
The pandemic has been a “full and utter nightmare” for cabbies who’ve “fallen via the gaps” within the Treasury’s furlough scheme, Mr McNamara stated.
London cabbie Andy Biggs, 63, stated demand has “evaporated” and he’s fortunate if he has three prospects a day.
“After we first went again after the preliminary lockdown, issues began to get just a little bit higher very slowly,” he stated. “However now it is as lifeless because it’s ever been.”
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