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Taxi driver says he 'can't do his job properly' after 'ridiculous' parking tariff change at East Midlands Airport

Tony Parkinson says the price change to parking at East Midlands Airport is 'absolutely ridiculous'. Credit: BPM Media

A taxi driver has spoken out against what he has described as the "absolutely ridiculous" decision to change the parking tariff at East Midlands Airport's rapid drop-off point.

The airport changed the fee from 10 minutes for £2 to five minutes for £2 on Monday 20th May.

Drivers are then charged an additional £1 per minute after the five minutes has passed.

An East Midlands Airport spokesman has said the decision to change the tariff is to reduce the congestion that builds due to drivers spending more than five minutes at the drop-off point, which is right outside the airport's arrivals and departures entrances.

But Tony Parkinson from Bilborough, Nottinghamshire who has been driving taxis for 23 years says he feels he can't do his job "properly" due to having to rush customers to avoid "extortionate" fees.

The taxi driver who works for a private firm, regularly does airport runs up and down the country and claims his colleagues and members of the public will be left out of pocket by the decision. He said:

It's an absolutely ridiculous decision that they can't warrant.

There was no forewarning for it. I did a drop off on Sunday night when it was £2 for 10 minutes and then on Monday it was £2 for five minutes.

I pride myself on my customer service. I feel like I'm not able to do my job properly now and have to rush people out the taxi and to the door so I don't get charged extortionately. It's just a money-making scheme.

– Tony Parkinson, taxi driver

Andy Tyler Smith, East Midlands Airport’s customer services and security director, said:

Passengers being dropped off at the forecourt are subject to a charge. This is designed to reduce traffic congestion at the airport and surrounding roads, making the site safer, while encouraging increased use of alternative, more sustainable transport options.

Reducing the 10 minute wait to five minutes will continue to improve the effectiveness of this facility allowing more vehicles to get in and out quicker.

Drivers who wish to wait longer can park free of charge for one hour in 'Long Stay 2' which is situated near the airport bus stop at the west side of the airport site.

A frequent, free bus service takes passengers to and from the main terminal entrance within 5 minutes or, by foot, it’s a 15 minute walk.

Vehicles carrying disabled passengers who have a Blue Badge can park free of charge for 30 minutes in 'Short Stay 1', the closest car park to the both departures and arrivals.

– Andy Tyler Smith, Customer Services and Security Director, East Midlands Airport