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Few claims for taxi refunds after council blunder

Lancashire Telegraph: Few claims for taxi refunds after council blunder Few claims for taxi refunds after council blunder

TAXI drivers who lost out due to a council blunder over fare increases have claimed back only a fraction of their refunds, new figures have revealed.

Hyndburn Council faced a bill of £210,000 after saying it would pay back private hire and hackney drivers in the borough to avoid legal action, the Lancashire Telegraph reported last May.

For nine years, council chiefs failed to advertise increases in taxi licensing fees, sparking a probe and a number of disciplinary investigations into council staff.

But so far, only £9,445.66 has been refunded to 81 drivers, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act revealed.

The figures show 85 per cent of the borough’s 537 licensed drivers have yet to claim.

Owner of Accrington company Max Cabs, Talib Zaman, said he would be encouraging the firm’s 220 drivers to look at what they were owed.

He said: “We put five applications in before Christmas. Once we get them back we can make it common knowledge, and we are sure everybody else will see it works.

“The council should have given automatic refunds but they haven’t done.”

Mr Zaman said some drivers think the cost of placing their application will exceed the money they will get back. He said: “Taxi drivers don’t tend to be the most organised. The council are charging £10 for information they might need to file a claim. They should waive that fee.”

Deputy leader of Hyndburn Council, Coun Clare Pritchard, said: “We haven’t yet received claims from all affected owners and operators so the repayment figure is likely to rise.

“Information about the claim period is available on our website.”

The council is accepting claims going back a maximum of six years.

For more information about claiming a refund, or to download a claim form, visit http://tinyurl. com/ondua3d

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6:13pm Fri 10 Jan 14

onsidecobra says...

220 drivers?
220 drivers? onsidecobra
  • Score: 7

6:44pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Biggy12 says...

Another 'nice little earner' for LCC
Another 'nice little earner' for LCC Biggy12
  • Score: -5

8:01pm Fri 10 Jan 14

accrington lad says...

Biggy12 wrote:
Another 'nice little earner' for LCC
What's LCC got do with Hyndburn taxis ?
However when they do claim, all the Money the drivers get could be spent on spare bulb kits and driving lessons so a win win situation for all.
[quote][p][bold]Biggy12[/bold] wrote: Another 'nice little earner' for LCC[/p][/quote]What's LCC got do with Hyndburn taxis ? However when they do claim, all the Money the drivers get could be spent on spare bulb kits and driving lessons so a win win situation for all. accrington lad
  • Score: 3

10:30pm Fri 10 Jan 14

HarryBosch says...

Mr Zaman said 'taxi drivers don't tend to be the most organised' - does that extend to filling out their tax returns as well Mr Zaman?
Mr Zaman said 'taxi drivers don't tend to be the most organised' - does that extend to filling out their tax returns as well Mr Zaman? HarryBosch
  • Score: 7

11:01pm Fri 10 Jan 14

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

HarryBosch wrote:
Mr Zaman said 'taxi drivers don't tend to be the most organised' - does that extend to filling out their tax returns as well Mr Zaman?
And obeying the highway code / road traffic act.
[quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: Mr Zaman said 'taxi drivers don't tend to be the most organised' - does that extend to filling out their tax returns as well Mr Zaman?[/p][/quote]And obeying the highway code / road traffic act. You're not mugging me off that easily
  • Score: 6

12:01am Sat 11 Jan 14

Jerzei Balowski says...

HarryBosch wrote:
Mr Zaman said 'taxi drivers don't tend to be the most organised' - does that extend to filling out their tax returns as well Mr Zaman?
Nail. On. Head.
[quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: Mr Zaman said 'taxi drivers don't tend to be the most organised' - does that extend to filling out their tax returns as well Mr Zaman?[/p][/quote]Nail. On. Head. Jerzei Balowski
  • Score: 5

12:17pm Sat 11 Jan 14

woolywords says...

To claim or not to claim, that is the question..
Where you're nobbled by t'council in the back pocket,
Or, by claiming it, done over by Working Tax Credits..

Let's face it, who would want to the first in the queue, when dealing with a council that is hell-bent on getting it's money back, by hook or by crook.
They've made a mistake, are hugely sorry for doing so but will charge you a tenner for putting it right...
To claim or not to claim, that is the question.. Where you're nobbled by t'council in the back pocket, Or, by claiming it, done over by Working Tax Credits.. Let's face it, who would want to the first in the queue, when dealing with a council that is hell-bent on getting it's money back, by hook or by crook. They've made a mistake, are hugely sorry for doing so but will charge you a tenner for putting it right... woolywords
  • Score: 1

9:05pm Sat 11 Jan 14

churchman says...

tax.whats that
tax.whats that churchman
  • Score: 1

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