The three associations have over 200 members, but still represent less than half the capital's taxi drivers. An earlier protest last Tuesday brought traffic on the Inner Brussels orbital and the centre of the city to a standstill.
The taxi drivers hope their action will help to change the mind of Brigitte Grouwels, the Brussels Transport Minister. Constantin Tsatsakis of the ATB taxi association: "We're not opposed to the introduction of these metres, but we're incensed by the fact that the regional authorities aren't footing the entire bill for the installation."
A new taxi metre will easily set you back 3,000 euros. The region will put 1,000 euros towards the outlay and is also lowering the tax on taxis by 350 a year, but taxi drivers insist this is still not enough!