Brighton & Hove City Council is giving serious consideration to a proposal to deregulate the taxi industry in the city. It is also keen to see an increase in the number of cabs with wheelchair access.
More taxis on the streets will mean shorter queues and reduced waiting times for most customers. It will also mean that more people may be encouraged to leave their cars at home on busy shopping days and in the evenings. And it could mean a better service for disabled people.
However, needless to say there are concerns among the taxi drivers and their unions that competition will intensify to the point where drivers are unable to earn a decent wage.
There are currently 493 licensed taxis in the city, which adequately meets the demand from mainstream customers. But there are not sufficient cabs with wheelchair access and it is felt that if there is to be any growth in the industry this is where it should be focused.
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