Taxi driver found dead in taxi outside airport as drivers queue for hours for a fare – fr

Taxi driver found dead in taxi outside airport as drivers queue for hours for a fare – fr

A 56-year-old taxi driver has been found dead in his cab outside Heathrow Airport, where drivers are camping in hopes of a fare.
Since the pandemic hit air traffic has all but disappeared, hitting taxi drivers who rely on tourists visiting the capital.

The dead driver was discovered in his sleeping bag in the back of the vehicle on Wednesday afternoon (May 12), The Mirror reports.

It is believed that it had not been noticed earlier as there are so many black taxis parked for hours in one place.

In taxi departure parking lots just outside what was once one of the busiest airports in the world, drivers sleep on mattresses in the back of their vehicles to keep their place in their queue. waiting.

If they leave their cab in the queue and go home to rest for a few hours, they will lose the chance to pick up a passenger at the terminal.

A London taxi driver talks with his colleagues as he waits to walk past the queue in a waiting area at Heathrow Airport

Most arrive early in the morning hoping to receive a passenger before dark.

Jimmy, 74, who has been a London taxi driver for 50 years, said: “He slept here all the time. He did not have a healthy lifestyle. It is a terrible tragedy.

“This pandemic has affected us all though. I arrived at 3 a.m. and will be lucky to leave at 6 p.m.

“We know everyone has their problems, but it has been really bad for us.

“You only get one fare, which can be just £ 40, and then you can’t come back in the same day, so that’s it for a long day’s work.

“You have to pay your taxes, fuel, and taxi license with that. This was three times more than at least before the pandemic. “

Another driver, Russell Poluck, 76, said: “Private rental cars and Uber have slaughtered us. We have to stay here. We have no other choice. ”

A driver, who asked not to be named, said: “We all work very long hours and try to keep our families together, and it’s very stressful. “

London taxi driver Saidi jumps for a workout while waiting to pass the queue in a waiting area at Heathrow

A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: ‘Police were called shortly after 4:01 pm on Wednesday 12 May at Newall Road near Heathrow following reports of a callous man in a car.

“Officers and the London ambulance service were present and a man in his 50s was pronounced dead at the scene. The death is not considered suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

A spokesperson for Heathrow Airport said: “We are aware and saddened by this incident. Our teams are available to answer all police inquiries. “

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