Taxi drivers across London who could face a daily congestion charge of £10.50 have taken their fight to the Mayor of London’s doorstep.

Cab drivers could soon no longer be exempt from paying the daily levy under proposals put forward by Transport for London (TfL).

The charge was introduced in 2003 and is imposed on drivers travelling through central London from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

Yesterday campaigners, who are part of the Independent Workers union of Great Britain (IWGB) protested outside of City Hall, where they called on Sadiq Khan to reverse these plans or make taxi operators pay the charge instead.

Yaseen Aslan, taxi driver and co-founder of IWGB, said: “We represent the majority of ethnic minority drivers and expect Sadiq Khan to go out of his way and help people like us.

“It is shocking we have to protest against a Labour mayor.

“We want more workers rights and to stop taxi companies exploiting drivers.

“We need more done to make sure our rights are not being abused.”

Mr Aslan said that taxi drivers have to work a minimum of 35 hours a week just to offset the costs they face before making any money- these include petrol, licensing and insurance costs.

If they had to pay a daily charge of £10.50 every day this would seriously impact upon their incomes.

Mr Aslan said that if this congestion charge is levied on taxi drivers it should be passed onto taxi operators instead.

Caroline Russell, Green party assembly member, addressed protestors and supported their calls to pass on the congestion charge to taxi operators.

Ms Russell said: “It is very welcome that you are out here standing up for your rights.

“I think it is absolutely important that all those people, working for companies like Uber, need to be protected, have decent worker’s rights, are able to earn a living, put food on the table and a roof over their heads.

“You need to be paid properly, that is absolutely crucial, now what has to happen is that operators have to pay this congestion charge and I support you in that.”