HUDDERSFIELD cabbies could demonstrate if a BNP councillor tries to 'mess them about'.
Kirklees councillor David Exley, who represents Heckmondwike, is one of 15 elected members on the regulatory Licensing and Safety panel.
But taxi drivers in Kirklees - the vast majority of whom are from ethnic minorities - fear his far Right party could try and make life more difficult for them.
If this happens peaceful protests have been pledged.
Jamil Mukhtar, chairman of the Hackney carriage association for Huddersfield, said: "The majority of drivers in Kirklees are Asian or black and we don't expect anything good from him. We don't expect he will make anything better for us."
Mr Mukhtar, who's been driving cabs in Kirklees for 16 years, said: "What we're saying is the BNP don't have any brown faces in their party. If he tries to mess us about we will do a peaceful demonstration.
"But we're going to wait and see what he's going to do.
"We don't really want him there, but it's democratic and he's in there now.
"The BNP don't have a very good relationship with the black and Asian community.
"But now he's in so we will have to wait and see.
"One person can't do much, but if he starts to mess us about we will go on demonstration."
Clr Exley said: "They must think I've got a hell of a lot of power on a 15-man committee!
"I have been elected as a councillor and part of that election process is that I go on various committees.
"I have been selected to go on the licensing and safety committee. It's not me that's put my name down; it's like a lucky-dip sort of thing."
Clr Exley said he had always worked well with people who were not white.
He added: "I have always treated them equally and fairly and see no reason for these taxi drivers to have any worries or any concerns that I will treat them anything other than fairly.
"My record is no different to anyone else's. It speaks for itself.
"I pride myself on my fairness."
Clr Exley said that if people thought they were being treated unfairly they should complain to the committee chairman or lodge a complaint with the standards board.
He added: "What I would say to them is that everybody is innocent until they're proven guilty.
"Judge me on what I do in the next few months, not what I may or may not do."
Former licensing panel member Clr Jim Dodds said the taxi drivers had nothing to fear from the BNP councillor.
The Conservative Denby Dale Ward councillor and Kirklees Cabinet member for children's services, said:
"I might not agree with the BNP in what they stand for, but in the two and a bit years I have known David Exley he's a first-class guy and he will do a good job on licensing."
Asked if he thought the cabbies should be worried Clr Dodds added: "No, they haven't got any legitimate concerns about the way David Exley will conduct his business."
He said the BNP councillor had always been fair when he had worked with him.
The licensing panel's chairman, Heckmondwike Labour councillor David Sheard, said: "It's unfortunate, but this is the situation we're in.
"It's the law and there's nothing we can do."