Hackney carriage drivers were threatening to double their fares after being told they must take a different route when picking up passengers from a city centre rank.
Peter Nilsson, chairman of Hull Hackney Carriage Associ-ation, says taxi drivers will fight Hull City Council after the authority stopped them turning right out of their rank near Paragon Station.
The changes force all 170 registered cabs to travel left down Ferensway, which drivers say will increase congestion on the already busy road.
After a meeting with council officials, Mr Nilsson said if it does not go back to how it was originally, fares would increase and drivers would strike in a two-hour protest from noon to 2pm.
He told the Hull Daily Mail: “It’s the same old story. Losing the right-hand turn will put up our costs by 50 per cent. As drivers, we don’t want that and it will be the council that is driving the prices up.”
Mr Nilsson said that the Hackney Carriage Association is fighting against the council, as these changes will make short journeys at least twice as long.
A spokesman for Hull City Council said: “We have listened to the concerns of taxi drivers and we will be looking at a number of options.
“We will also be setting up a temporary taxi rank in Paragon Street, and are in discussions with partners, with regard to further possible taxi locations.
“By removing the right turn for taxis we aim to simplify vehicle movements and improve safety for motor vehicles. However, further discussions will be undertaken with all parties concerned.”