When I first started to commute , when I arrived at T1 I used to make my way to the lower level pick up point to meet my car, driver waiting inside—ignition off!!
About 2 or 3 years ago the process changed and the driver met me in the terminal and then off we went to the car in the car park…..where he had to pay to get out the multi storey car park.
I’m afraid Martyn, it’s just a money making ruse.
As it is at EDI….£1 for all cars to drop off, and if you’re a taxi you have to pay a premium to be allowed to drop off at the terminal…, Picking you up, they now wait until 15 minutes until the flight has landed before driving in .…ultimately saving you cash….
As I’ve mentioned on other posts, its akin to Tesco or Sainsbury’s charging you to enter their store , allowing you to purchase their goods!!