Brussels taxis to strike again on Wednesday

Summary

Three Brussels taxi federations will protest tomorrow and, depending on police response, could disrupt traffic in a repeat of last month’s action, which brought traffic in the city to a standstill

Ministers making one last attempt at negotiation

Three of Brussels taxi federations have announced plans to protest tomorrow (Wednesday), which could lead to a repeat of widespread disruption to city traffic. Some 250 taxi drivers took action three weeks ago and succeeded in locking up the inner ring road and the main tunnels.

The drivers are continuing to protest at the introduction of digital taximeters, which are being required by the Brussels-Capital Region at a cost to drivers of €2,500 to €3,000 for the metre and installation. The region is committed to paying one-third of the price and has also promised drivers a tax relief of €375. The drivers say that the government should pay the entire cost of the metres.

On Wednesday, 300 taxis will gather at North Station at 11.00, from where they will make their way to the office of minister-president Rudi Vervoort in Hertogstraat in the district of Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe. The last time the drivers demonstrated, police would not allow them access to the streets around Vervoort’s office, which led to them blocking Brussels’ inner ring road.

Vervoort and transport minister Brigitte Grouwels were due this morning to make one last attempt to negotiate with drivers.

Photo credit: Phil Whitehouse/Flickr Commons

Brussels taxi federations will again protest at the introduction of digital taximeters tomorrow.

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