TAXI drivers from Bury are set to protest over Clean Air Zone (CAZ) charges at the Etihad Stadium today.

Bury North MP James Daly will also be attending, alongside up to 30 Bury drivers, following several ‘go-slow’ protests in Bolton and Bury.

Raja Naveed, chairman of Bury Private Hire Association, said: “The problem seems to stay exactly the same and local authorities are unwilling to listen.

“We are not going to stop until they totally scrap the clean air charges, and this protest is the biggest one so far, we hope it will send the message that the taxi driving community is united.

“If leaders think we are just going to drop the issue, they have another thing coming.”

The protest will start around 10.30am and is expected to last until 3pm, with several taxi firms not operating at full capacity during this time.

Mr Daly added: “I fully support the taxi drivers in their protest against the GM Clean Air Zone and Common Minimum Standards, both supported by the Labour Party in Bury.

"They are fighting to protect their livelihoods and their ability to support their families.

"These draconian measures will place financially unsustainable burdens upon taxi drivers and both schemes should be scrapped immediately."