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Second day of traffic chaos as taxi drivers stage go-slow protest in Birmingham

  • Union members claim they were 'steamrolled' over Clean Air Zone plans
  • More protests will be taking place over the next two weeks
  • The council say they've done the best they can for the drivers

Taxi drivers staged the second in a series of go-slow protest in Birmingham city centre this morning, over council plans for a new Clean Air Zone.

They claim they were 'steamrolled' over the plans to impose a Clean Air Zone on the city in 2020.

It's the second of many protests that are expected to take place over the next two weeks.

Police officers were on Holloway Circus this morning, moving along any taxi drivers who were causing an obstruction to traffic.

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The demonstration by members of the The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union took place between 8.00am and 10.00am.

Further protests are planned tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, then every day next week.

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Next week, they are expected to take place between 8am and 10am and then again during the evening rush hour, but it is not known exactly when.

Cllr Barbara Dring, chair of the licensing committee, said last week the council had 'done the best we can' for the drivers.

While Chris Neville, the council's former head of licensing who has retired in recent days, had said 'there is no other way' for the authority to meet government demands to reduce pollution levels over the next two years.