Taxis : Possible legal action sparks response by Southampton taxi drivers

Taxis : Possible legal action sparks response by Southampton taxi drivers

THEY are potential lifesavers and a familiar sight in workplaces across the country. But Southampton’s taxi drivers now no longer have to carry first aid kits and fire extinguishers. They are set to ditch the equipment because they are scared of being sued – even if they just put a plaster on a passenger. Concerned cabbies say using first aid kits to try and help injured customers could land them in court and lead to hefty payouts. The claim they have also been advised that using fire extinguishers could invalidate insurance claims. Today one city councillor labelled the culture of fear of legal action that taxi drivers are operating under “ridiculous”and “health and safety gone mad”. Private hire and hackney drivers have been obliged to carry both items for decades as part of city council policy. But at a meeting between members of the trade and council officers earlier t...

Full article: http://www.national-taxi-association.co.uk/?p=6340

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