Taxi drivers are set to get a new code of conduct as part of their licence following approval by Boston Borough Council.
The new code was discussed at a meeting of the Regulatory and Appeals Committee on Tuesday, June 9. Councillors were told the code was drawn up following the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham 1997-2003. Drivers applying for new licences and those renewing old ones will be required to sign the code and those currently holding a licence will be asked to voluntarily sign it until they need a new one. Delivering the report, council officer Fiona White said the code was no reflection on Boston’s drivers’ integrity, adding there was no evidence drivers in the town were implicated in similar exploitation to that in Rotherham. She said: “This is just another layer of safeguarding because of the concerns over child exploitation.” Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the new rules, with some calling them ‘common sense’.