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Cabbies on 'starvation wages' as passengers stay home

More than 3,500 black cabs have been taken off London’s streets since June as drivers struggle to earn a living during the coronavirus pandemic, new research reveals. Sherbert London has hired a car park to help it store 400 unoccupied cabs - two-thirds of its fleet. The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA) believes only one-in-five cabbies are still driving their vehicles. General secretary Steve McNamara said they are earning “starvation wages” around a quarter of normal levels. Drivers are doing “desperate things” such as selling their taxis for well below market value and taking alternative jobs on zero-hour contracts to “get through the next few months”, he explained.

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