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Taxi licence revoke upheld after appeal

Southampton Magistrates' Court has dismissed an appeal brought by a taxi driver after his licence was revoked by us for inappropriate behaviour with female passengers.

The taxi driver brought the appeal following revocation of his driver's licence in February of this year. The revocation followed several independent complaints made to us, the Police, and to the private hire operator by a number of female passengers who had been travelling alone in his vehicle. The passengers reported that they had felt very uncomfortable by the driver making inappropriate sexual comments during their journeys.

Magistrates upheld our decision finding that the allegations made by the passengers were of a serious nature and justified the driver's licence being removed.

Cllr Alison Hoare, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Regulatory Services said, "We take a firm line when it comes to issues that may affect the safety of the public. Drivers and operators licensed by the Council are required to behave in a professional manner so that passengers feel safe and comfortable during their journeys."

All new applicants and existing drivers have rigorous checks including driver knowledge and safeguarding awareness tests to ensure they are fit for the role. Spot checks are also carried out by the our officers to maintain the standards required by the Council and make sure drivers are complying with their licence conditions.

 

Updated: 3 Oct 2018
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