Private hire taxi drivers are on strike today demanding a 'nominal' fare increase to meet rising costs.

The Bolton Private Hire Association have organised the boycott which is starting at 6am this morning to 6am Saturday.

A spokesman for the association told The Bolton News that the strike had been organised due to the rising costs of running vehicles for drivers over the last four years with no increase in fares to match.

Changes announced by the mayor of Greater Manchester to taxis to try and meet emissions targets, including all private hire cars having to be white, will also be increasing costs for drivers, with many having to buy completely new cars.

The association said they will be striking one day a week until fares are increased by companies.