Guildford’s “longest serving” taxi driver is to have his licence revoked after taking part in a protest over lower fares.
David Williams-Wynn, 79, has been driving the town’s residents and visitors for 44 years but his long career is set to come to an end.
GetSurrey reports that the chairman of the Guildford Hackney Association was one of many taxi drivers to take part in a go-slow protest against a 16 per cent cut in their meter rates on March 27.
The hour-long pro-test, which involved cabbies driving slowly around the town centre’s one-way system, is currently being investigated by Guildford Borough Council, which also warned participants they could face disciplinary action.
On Tuesday May 8, Mr Williams-Wynn was told his hackney carriage licence will be revoked due to his “traffic offences”.
The letter sent from the borough council stated CCTV from the protest shows him driving his taxi around the gyratory as part of the protest.
It added Mr Williams-Wynn’s car obstructed the road “on a number of occasions” and he parked on ‘blipped’ double yellow lines outside the YMCA and, as a result, the grandfather’s “driver’s badge must be returned” within 21 days.
One of Mr Williams-Wynn’s sons is also a taxi driver and the pensioner “worries” for his future.
A spokesman for the borough council said: “The council is aware that a number of taxi drivers took part in a protest with their vehicles on Tuesday March 27 in Guildford town centre.
“Whilst we acknowledged their right to peacefully protest, we investigated to determine whether any offences were committed, and liaised with Surrey Police where necessary. As part of the investigation the council considered if conduct of this nature, including preventing other road users from using the highways, was compatible with the relevant ‘fit and proper’ legal requirements.
“The outcome of the investigation was that disciplinary action was taken against drivers who fell short of the council’s high standards for professional licensed taxi drivers who transport members of the public.
“As this is an ongoing matter we cannot comment any further on the details.”