A group of taxi drivers have been pulled off the road for violating controversial LEZ regulations.
Glasgow City Council has decided to strip the three drivers of their driving licenses after their engines flouted guidelines.
The Scottish Private Hire Association (SPHA) has urged the council to take a “more sympathetic” approach to drivers struggling to meet the new requirements.
Licenses will be suspended until drivers are able to use a vehicle that meets LEZ requirements.
Three companies had their private car license revoked because their vehicles did not meet the standards. unity jackson,4U1 and J Mac did not attend the meeting.
The committee also suspended a private hire driver’s license for three months after he told them he was “looking for the law”.with the right budget”.
Mohammed Yahyah claimed it would take six months for a compliant vehicle to be deemed “excessive” by the council.
Eddie Grice, Secretary General of the Scottish Private Hire Association (SPHA), said: “The current approach to Glasgow licensing is frustrating.
“They are suspending the licenses of these operators until they can put a compliant vehicle on the road, but at the same time the council is denying them the ability to raise the necessary funds to do so.”
He told the committee that the SPHA “compassions on the difficulties some drivers are facing in complying with the LEZ and we urge the authorities to do more to ease the transition”.
He added: “A more pragmatic and sympathetic approach is definitely needed here. GlasgowLive reports.
Committee member Cllr Thomas Kerr, Conservative, said the council had been “warned that their rash plans for an environmental zone would have a devastating impact on many working class Glasgowers”.
He added, “Yet they ignored it and moved on anyway.” We are now seeing the impact of that stubbornness as private hire drivers lose their livelihoods during a global cost of living crisis.
“Unfortunately, the Licensing Committee’s hands are tied by Council leadership. It’s a shame.”
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