Two taxi drivers in North East Lincolnshire have had their licences revoked after a roadside drug test gave a positive reading.
Both drivers were stopped by police – one on 13 December 2022 and the second on 13 January 2023.
North East Lincolnshire Council’s hackney carriage sub-committee heard both cases at Grimsby Town Hall, the first on 25 January 2023 and the second on 22 February 2023.
Committee members voted to revoke the drivers’ licences with immediate effect.
Councillor David Hasthorpe, chair of the licensing and community protection committee, said: “We take these matters very seriously and passenger safety is our top priority. The majority of taxi drivers in our area take their job very seriously and abide by the highest of standards. Anyone risking the safety of their passengers, who appears before the committee, can expect serious consequences.”
Councillor Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities at North East Lincolnshire Council, added: “People should feel safe when using taxis in the borough and the licensing regime exists to protect the public. The council takes its responsibility for ensuring public safety very seriously and we work with the taxi trade to offer advice and guidance when necessary. Licensing officers work closely with officers from Humberside Police and will take action when drivers are found to be acting in an irresponsible or dangerous manner.”
If you spot a problem with a licensed taxi, you can contact the council. Note the taxi licence number (displayed on the rear of the vehicle, on the side of the vehicle or on the sticker inside the on the front windscreen) and contact the council’s licensing team on [email protected] or call (01472) 324035.