9th April 2020

Magistrates uphold Taunton Deane Borough Council’s decision to revoke taxi driver’s licence

Taunton Deane Borough Council is committed to upholding high standards in the licensed taxi trade and is making clear it will take action against drivers who fail to comply.

The council revoked a licence earlier this year after hearing of potentially dangerous driving by a cab driver who undertook a lorry by driving on a grass verge on the busy A358 near Taunton.

He then stopped, argued with the lorry driver and pushed him – stopping traffic in the process.

The driver appealed against the revocation and took his case to Taunton Deane Magistrates Court which has just upheld the council’s decision.

The court agreed that the cab driver’s actions did not make him a fit and proper person to hold a taxi licence.

The council is responsible for licensing taxis in the area and works closely with the trade to make sure safety and standards are maintained.

After the case, Cllr Patrick Berry, Executive Councillor for Environmental Services, said:

“The message is clear: driving that puts other road users at risk will not be tolerated.

We expect taxi drivers to uphold high standards as they have the responsibility for the safety and security of their passengers and I am pleased to say that the overwhelming majority take that responsibility seriously.”