Is the penalty points plan for taxi drivers in our interest?
Feb 24 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
TAXI drivers could soon be ruled by a 30 point ‘code of conduct’ which they could receive penalty points for failing to adhere to.
From unreasonably prolonging a journey or over-charging of fares to carrying an offensive weapon – they could incur points which could ultimately lead to a suspension.
The rules vary in terms of the points they receive, from three points for failing to report within 72 hours an accident or damage to a licensed vehicle, to 12 points for driving without insurance.
The penalty point system puts filling in a form wrongly on a par with carrying a weapon in a cab, with taxi drivers incurring six points for both.
The points plan is aimed at dealing with the minority of taxi drivers who breach their licence.
The suggestion is that any cabbie who collects 12 points in a year face a month-long suspension, or for more the most serious 12 point offences, immediately.
As yet the penalty points system remains just a proposal, with councillors set to debate it next week.
Until now, there has been no system in place to deal with rogue taxi drivers or little to help passengers with complaints.
It’s in everybody’s interest that taxi drivers are properly regulated in order to ensure that they transport the paying public around safely and this may help.