UNUSED taxi cabs are being kept in fields as work comes to a screeching halt for drivers.
Transport for London data shows licensed taxis in the capital fell by a fifth from 18,900 in June to 15,000 this month.
Only 20 per cent of cabbies are still driving their vehicles, according to The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association.
The group also found taxis at Heathrow Airport waited an average of nine hours before picking up a passenger last month.
GB Taxi Services has only ten of its 100-strong cab fleet working and keeps the rest on fields near Epping Forest, Essex.
Sherbet London taxis hired a car park to help store 400 unused cabs.
General secretary Steve McNamara said cabbies are earning "starvation wages" around a quarter of normal levels.
Drivers "are doing desperate things" such as selling their taxis for well below market value to "get through the next few months", he added.
The pandemic has been a "complete and utter nightmare" for cabbies who have "fallen through the gaps" in the Treasury's furlough scheme, Mr McNamara said.
London cabbie Andy Biggs, 63, said demand has "evaporated" and he is lucky if he has three customers a day.
"When we first went back after the initial lockdown, things started to get a little bit better very slowly," he said. "But now it's as dead as it's ever been."
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