Wayne Garland, who has been a Bristol taxi driver for 16 years, said the new fee comes with no benefits.
He told the Post: "We are paying money for nothing. If the station can't supply us with enough spaces then why have they issued so many permits? Temple Meads station is our main income. We have no choice but to buy the permits, but when we come here at the best times we are getting moved along by the authorities.
"We've paid our money and now where are we supposed to go? It just seems as though we are paying the money and getting less work."
The 47-year-old from Totterdown added: "It's just another money making exercise."Gosh! You don't say?
Kenneth Lines, a taxi driver for 40 years from Brislington, said: "The police are turning people away.
"When you have to pay as much money as we do for a permit you expect to be able to park.
"They've asked for all taxi drivers to apply for this permit but they've given out more than there is space available. They're taking money under false pretences.
"They're money grabbing."Yes. They are. Welcome to the real world.
What, did you think they'd sack their middle managers or their huge internal HR teams or their 'sustainable travel' division when things got tight? Dream on!
Some people welcome this, of course:
One motorist who regularly picks up a colleague from the station, but asked not to be named, said: "Just getting to the short-stay car park in front of the station can be a nightmare at times. Taxi drivers leave their cabs virtually in the middle of the road – this blocks the road for buses and other vehicles.
"Something needs to be done – taxi drivers aren't the only people who use the station."They are the only people being charged extra for it though. Of course, I'm sure they'll figure a way to get charges to apply to you too, in due course!
First Great Western, which owns Station Approach, told the Post it was reluctant to make any improvements while the dispute is ongoing.
Dan Panes, from the train operator, said: "We acknowledge that there needs to be improvements, but until the judgement is made in the courts we cannot make any promises to improve the situation.
"We maintain that the permits are for hire on our premises. They are not paying to park here."You can have a permit, at a price, just don't expect it to be of any use. Well, we are a nation of shopkeepers...