Private hire taxi drivers have surrounded Manchester Town Hall in protest at the ban on them using bus lanes, whilst black cabs may use them.
Around 200 private hire drivers have set off on a slow drive from the Etihad Stadium to the Town Hall to vent their frustration over being banned from bus lanes.
– Derek Brocklehurst, secretary of the Manchester Private Hire Association
What we are trying to do is get a level playing field with black cabs. We carry about 40 million people in Greater Manchester each year, which is a phenomenal number.
With an ageing population, a lot of people use us because they have mobility problems and struggle to get on the bus or drive.
We are finding problems because there are 254 miles of bus lanes, running past medical centres, pharmacies, hotels and so on, where we can't pick them up or drop them off, which is a great disadvantage to us.
Private hire taxi drivers are planning to protest on the streets of Manchester today.
They are angry about being banned from the city's bus lanes, while black cabs are allowed to use them.
Hundreds of taxi drivers are expected to drive from the Ethiad Stadium to the Town Hall.