Private hire driver blocking kids taxi charity parade should be suspended say organisers

Organisers of the Edinburgh taxi outing parade have called for the protesting private hire driver ‘skooshed’ by water to be suspended.

The irate minicab driver was filmed laying down in the road, blocking a procession of taxis after being squirted by children with super-soakers.

The driver has since been branded a “first class buffoon” by councillor Mark Brown for blocking the road. The yearly event is organised by Edinburgh's taxi drivers, who treat children with special needs to a free day out to the seaside. 

Keith Bell, the organiser’s Secretary for the event, has now written to Edinburgh’s licensing head Cathy Fullerton, to call for the driver to be suspended from his role as a private hire driver. “Despite all the fun about t-shirts and mugs, the incident involving the male who blocked the path of the Outing is a serious one. “Unlike the video of the police officer being hit with water that went viral a couple of years ago with a fantastically positive image of Edinburgh, this video of a City of Edinburgh Council licensed PHC driver getting wet and his reaction to it will give a devastatingly negative image of our wonderful city.” Mr Bell then asks whether the driver was in breach of conditions, which requires drivers to “behave in a professional, considerate and orderly manner” and questioned if he remained a “fit and proper person” for the role. “Given the council's amazing support of the Outing for the last 72 years - I'd be extremely surprised and disappointed if the council stood by and did nothing,” said Mr Bell. 

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