Blackpool taxi drivers battle to keep licences as council meeting told of 'errors of judgement'

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A Blackpool cabbie who was involved in a collision after driving through a red light has been punished by town hall licensing chiefs.

The driver, who has not been named, had their licence suspended for a week and received a letter warning them they could be stripped of their licence if such an incident happened again.

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Minutes from a meeting of the council’s public protection sub-committee  say dashcam footage showed the driver had been “a substantial distance from the lights” when they changed from green, and “had accelerated from approximately 18mph to 34mph when they passed through the junction.”

The driver blamed an error of judgement and pressure from their employer to meet their schedule for the offence, which happened in March 2023 but had not been reported to the council until recently. The cabbie, who now works for another taxi company, said their previous employer only reported the incident after they had left the operator.

During the same hearing, the sub-committee stripped another driver of their licence after hearing they had been arrested over alleged drugs offences and in relation to an alleged assault in a hotel room.

Minutes from the meeting say due to “the seriousness of the offences disclosed, particularly the domestic incident in January 2024” it was considered the driver “was not a fit and proper person to hold a licence” and councillors ruled the licence should be revoked with immediate affect.

Both incidents were among four cases considered by the public protection sub-committee, sitting behind closed doors, when it met on Tuesday February 20 at Blackpool Town Hall.

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