Faraz Khan, Uber driver since 2015, says LBA is wrong to penalize taxi drivers with recirculation fees and says it will hurt their industry in the region
A frustrated Uber driver has blasted Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) after being slapped with a £39 charge for dropping off passengers and returning less than an hour later.
The heavy sentence was imposed on Faraz Khan, 36, on May 20 following three trips he made to the airport, leaving him well out of pocket.
He has been hit with a charge of recirculation, which means drivers cannot return to the airport within an hour of leaving, and father-of-two Faraz has accused LBA of conducting a scam operation, reports Leeds Live.
He said: ‘Leeds Bradford Airport free one hour parking is a rip off – I’ve made three trips to the airport.
“I dropped off the driver, came to the barriers to get out, but the machine said I had to pay £39.
“I called for help and they said it was ‘because you took a recycled trip so you have to pay £39’.
“And I told them ‘I didn’t even stay ten minutes and I’m a taxi driver, I’ll keep coming all day to bring passengers’, but they refused to let me out.
“Taxi drivers are supposed to be allowed to drop off passengers, that’s public transport.
“They didn’t listen to me and said I had to pay or I would be hit with more penalties.
“The airport, their parking company, they rip people off there. It’s not just me, I’ve spoken to other riders and they’ve told me similar things have happened to them recently.”
Faraz, who lives in Armley, had to pay the hefty bill after dropping off his last passenger, which was a mere £8.39. He has since spoken to Uber who told him the only option would be to cancel trips to the airport in the future, if he thinks he is at risk of breaking airport rules again.
Faraz has been an Uber driver since 2015 and says LBA’s policy will do irrevocable damage to Leeds’ taxi industry as many rides come and go from there.
He added: “We are going to lose so much business with what is happening. June, July and August is the holiday season, we make at least four to five trips a day to the airport, a lot of trips.
“It will be chaos when people ask to be picked up at the one hour free car park because we can’t go there.”
A spokesperson for Leeds Bradford Airport said: ‘Due to the continued misuse of the one-hour free zone, a recirculation charge was introduced in 2019 to prevent it becoming a free zone. long waiting times for vehicles.
“Before the introduction of the recirculation charge, vehicles would spin indefinitely, limiting access to the facility for all passengers.
“The recirculation charge is clearly marked upon entering the one-hour free zone and in the car park itself.
“Vehicles are asked to re-enter the one-hour free zone one hour after leaving.”