December 5, 2011
Cabbies in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, have given a mixed reaction to new proposals on taxi licensing and inspections.
The proposals have been floated by East Lindsey District Council. Licensing officer, Adrian Twiddy, commented: “This is a regular review we undertake that looks at areas we need to improve within the taxi industry.
“We have made a series of suggestions in the consultation paper based on what works well in other areas and we now need taxi drivers in the district to comment on the proposals so we can make the best decision possible on whether to implement the changes.
The most radical element of the proposal is the introduction of a penalty points system for drivers.
The points system would impact on those who fail to comply with licensing requirements, which includes displaying identification badges at all times and keeping vehicle in a satisfactory condition.
Any driver who reaches a maximum 12 points would have their licence reviewed by East Lindsey District Council’s Licensing Committee.
Another change which has been proposed by East Lindsey District Council is the requirement for all cab drivers to have wheelchair accessible taxis. Cabbies would also have to pass a wheelchair-loading assessment.