Walsall Council makes taxis safer

More than a dozen taxi and minicab drivers had their licences revoked or suspended in Walsall in a year following motoring offences or convictions. More than 40 drivers were brought before licensing bosses in the 12 months from January 2012. There were 11 licences removed ranging from offences of drink driving convictions, plying for hire, having no insurance and points under the totting-up procedure. There were seven licences suspended which included the accumulation of points, failing to set the meter and illegally plying for business. Scores of others were issued with cautions by councillors on Walsall Council’s licensing committee. Taxi bosses have insisted most drivers are operating correctly and within the law. Zulf Ali, chairman of the private hire association in Walsall, said some cases were “petty” but council officers have the right to bring people before the com...

Full article: http://www.national-taxi-association.co.uk/?p=4750

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