The official Road Policing Scotland twitter account has provided a breakdown of offences recorded during a taxi and private hire crackdown initiative near Waverley train station in Edinburgh.
It was revealed that during inspections, 7 taxi and/or private hire drivers were sent home for wearing 'inappropriate clothing'.
A dress code for Edinburgh’s taxi and private hire drivers has been put in place that requires them all to wear collared tops and dress trousers.
Edinburgh City Council has provided full details on the dress code which they say must be followed by all taxi and private hire drivers licensed by the council. The local authority’s regulations state both private hire and taxi drivers must be wearing a ‘collared’ top and smart dress trousers, blouse or skirt while on shift. The dress code lists what is considered ‘inappropriate’ clothing, which include “tracksuits, denim type jeans, vests, t-shirts or sportswear with club colours, baseball caps or other sports hats and trainers or sandals”. As reported by the Edinburgh News, a licencing application document states: “The Driver, while in charge of a Licensed Vehicle, shall be clean and tidy in his person and shall wear clothing of a type specified as appropriate in the Dress Code.”
Licensing sub-committee convener, councillor Catherine Fullerton, said: “We work closely with Police Scotland to monitor and inspect the private hire and taxi trades across the city, ensuring the safety of the public and that the high standards we have are maintained.” The full list of offences posted on twitter today are as follows: - 40 vehicles stopped - 7 drivers sent home to change for wearing inappropriate clothing
- 5 red prohibition labels issued (mechanical issues)
- 1 crossing offence report - 1 ranking offence report - 9 vehicle defect tickets Police were unable to provide a breakdown of how many were taxi drivers or private hire drivers.
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