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Belfast taxi drivers and traffic wardens in row over parking fines

By David Young

Published 01/09/2016

Its understood that five drivers from the West Belfast Taxi association - who have operated the shuttle service for more than 30 years from the site — were ticketed during the incident
Its understood that five drivers from the West Belfast Taxi association - who have operated the shuttle service for more than 30 years from the site — were ticketed during the incident

An altercation broke out between black taxi drivers and traffic wardens at King Street in central Belfast yesterday after wardens began issuing tickets to drivers they claimed were parked illegally.

It is understood that five drivers from the West Belfast Taxi Association — which has operated the shuttle service from the site for more than 30 years — were ticketed during the incident.

“Some drivers gave the wardens a piece of their mind,” a source said.

Sinn Fein worker and former Belfast City councillor Breige Brownlee posted photos of the incident on Facebook.

“Stand-off in King Street as over-eager traffic wardens hand out ticket to black taxis in their rank!” she wrote.

“Just have to say everyone has a job to do, but there’s a way of doing it.

“Unfortunately, the atrocious attitude of some (people) coincided with taxis breaking down. Too bad...”

The West Belfast Taxi Association did not wish to comment last night.

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