Taxi standoff resolved

Photo / Brett Phibbs
Photo / Brett Phibbs

The standoff between a group of taxi drivers and Auckland Airport has been resolved with both sides agreeing to make some concessions.

Protest action had threatened to get out of hand, with some taxi drivers going on hunger strike earlier in the week.

However, Richard Barker, Auckland Airport's general manager retail and commercial, and Manmohan Singh, spokesman for the Auckland Taxi Association, announced a deal had been struck late last night.

The two groups have agreed six points, all of which will be reviewed in one year's time.

Notably, the airport agreed to trial a new short fare system which will allow taxi drivers to re-enter directly into the main rank after they have completed a short trip. This is expected to cut divers' wait time for their next fare in half.

Taxi drivers will also receive upgraded sunshelter, toilet and drinking water facilities.

- NZ Herald

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