CABBIES have voted to block York city centre unless council bosses heed their angry protests against Uber drivers 'flooding into the city.'
But a council officer has urged them not to 'take matters into their own hands,' saying the authority would investigate complaints and take action where appropriate.
The GMB union said more than 100 hackney and private hire drivers attended a 'stormy' meeting yesterday to vent their anger after City of York Council's alleged opening of rendezvous points for private hire drivers across the city.
A union spokesman said: "These are points where private hire vehicles can wait for calls from their office. The York taxi trade believe that they have been put in place for the benefit of Uber drivers who flood into the city at weekends from outside the area."
Bill Chard, from the GMB’s Professional Drivers’ Association, claimed changes were being introduced without proper consultation and without any demand from the York trade.
"When questioned, the council have replied that they do not have to consult on this issue and even said that they had carried out some consultation," he said.
"There were over one hundred present at our meeting including proprietors and representatives of both Hackney and Private Hire Associations and not one person present said that they had been consulted or accepted any need for these rendezvous points.
"York are acting like some banana republic dictators, riding roughshod over the interests of local drivers and local businesses in favour of outsiders who will not put a single penny into the York economy.”
Terry Osborne, a private hire representative from York, said: “This was another heated meeting with York’s home grown drivers being ignored time and time again by City of York Council."
Attendees spoke of instances they had witnessed or videoed on their phones of drivers from outside the York area acting unlawfully and unsafely and putting lives at risk.
Mick Rix, GMB National Officer for the Hackney and private hire trade representing over 20,000 members in the industry came up from London to attend yesterday's meeting, and promised the GMB would back the York drivers' campaign.
He said: “York based drivers meet the city's demand, they are local people who spend their money here and they do not cause extra pollution by driving from West Yorkshire because they are already in the city.
"I understand why the drivers are so angry when they perceive that the council is bending over backwards to appease the outsider UBER vehicles.”
A spokesman added that the meeting concluded with a vote in favour of 'blocking the city centre if the City of York Council continue to ignore the trade.'
Councils around the country are turning a blind eye to uber and letting them flood their towns. The result being that respectable Licensed Taxi drivers and long standing private hire companies are being driven out of work by the predatory pricing of a company that pays virtually no tax in this country.