The leader of Boston Borough Council defended the authory’s taxi licensing rules, after calls to introduce a ‘rating system’ to name and shame poor operators.
Coun Peter Bedford responded to claims made in a letter by Labour councillors in last week’s Standard.
The councillors wanted Boston to follow the example of Birmingham, giving taxis ratings from Platinum down to ‘unrated’.
Coun Bedford believes the current system already protects the customer and works well. He told The Standard that the council operates a ‘stringent’ policy on standards required of both vehicles and drivers - with licenses suspended if a vehicle fails to meet the policy.
Coun Bedford added: “The vast majority of Boston’s taxi drivers are professional, courteous and have good driving records. However, on very rare occasions, where a driver fails to meet the exacting standards required, appropriate sanctions are applied. These range from written warnings to suspension or even revocation of their licence. I consider that for Boston this is the most appropriate mechanism and use of resources for maintaining and raising standards.”
He said the council’s regulatory and appeals committee and the staff who administer the law promotes safety and stressed the licensing team is always working on ways to strengthen the rules.
Vehicles licensed by the council can be identified by the hackney carriage or private hire vehicle licence plate.
Anyone with concerns regarding the standard of any vehicle or conduct of any driver licensed by the borough council, should contact the Taxi Licensing Section on telephone number 01205 314214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.