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Craven District Taxi drivers told to fit CCTV cameras

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Craven District Taxi drivers told to fit CCTV cameras 13th June 2018

Taxi drivers will have to fit CCTV cameras in their taxis to comply with new regulations being brought in by Craven District Council.

Under the newly adopted policy, licensed drivers will also have to adopt improved work practices - including make sure tyres have sufficient tread.
Cllr Simon Myers, chairman of the council’s Licensing Committee, said the aim was to improve safety for both drivers and their customers and to develop a workable policy which embodied best practice. He stressed that it was just a small minority of drivers, but that some had been using cars with bald tyres, and that was just not acceptable.

“We know that most taxi drivers are extremely good and extremely careful. They are providing a service for the elderly and infirm, the vulnerable and children and it is very important that the public have faith,” he said. “There is a small minority of drivers who feel they don’t have to check vehicles and that it is acceptable to drive around with bald tyres, and that is just not acceptable.”

Also agreed was to allow drivers to set a charge to pick up a fare a distance away from Skipton. The additional charge will be subject to a period of consultation before being adopted.

Cllr Myers said it was not fair to expect drivers to go from Skipton to somewhere like Grassington to deliver a customer to perhaps Threshfield without being allowed to set a further charge.

“It seems only fair that a taxi driver who is driving some distance receives compensation for doing so,” he said.

Source: Craven Herald

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