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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:15 pm 
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Taxi drivers in Bath could be banned from wearing 'provocative or sexually revealing' clothing

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/in-your- ... te-2095498

Councillors will vote on the new policy next week

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“Provocative or sexually revealing” clothing could be banned for taxi drivers in Bath and North East Somerset so no passenger feels uncomfortable.

B&NES Council is also looking to stop them wearing shorts - a move branded “pathetic, petty and vindictive” - and for equality’s sake it has extended the same rule to miniskirts.

Taxi drivers were already banned from wearing ripped or holey clothing, items with suggestive or offensive words or graphics, sports kit or track suits.

The new policy being considered by councillors next week will add shorts, miniskirts and “any clothing that could be deemed to be provocative or sexually revealing” to the list.

Lloyd Cook from the Bath Spa Taxi Association said: “Banning shorts would just make it uncomfortable for all the drivers.

"After the summer we had it would just make people more irate.

“I don’t see shorts that come below the knee as a problem.

“I’ve never seen a lady taxi driver in a miniskirt - that’s asking for problems. It’s hard enough for them in the first place.”

Other drivers at the Bath Spa taxi rank said they had never seen a cabbie in “provocative or sexually revealing” clothing.

Geoff Beer was frustrated that the same rule will not apply to Uber drivers who are not licensed by B&NES Council, saying: “They can do what they want, wear what they want.”

Drivers appealed in a consultation to be able to wear shorts in hot weather but an officer said the clothing can vary widely in fit and length and “one person’s idea of an acceptable dress code can be very different from another person’s”.

“One driver’s idea of an acceptable pair of shorts may be unacceptable to a person travelling in a licensed vehicle and may make them feel uncomfortable,” the officer said, suggesting using air conditioning instead.

Another taxi driver said in the consultation: “We have recently experienced temperatures in the mid to late 30s and often have to sit in our vehicles on the taxi ranks for up to an hour at a time in the full sun.

“We cannot leave our vehicles to seek the shade as this is against council regulations, so wearing shorts is essential - will the council be banning miniskirts as well?”

The officer said for the sake of equality the rule will indeed extend to miniskirts.

Another taxi driver said: “Not allowing shorts after this spell of weather is pathetic, petty and vindictive.”

The officer responded: “This is intended to provide a standard condition where no member of the public travelling in a licensed vehicle is made to feel uncomfortable by a driver whose choice of shorts (or other clothing) may be inappropriate and make them feel uncomfortable.

“The dress code, whilst subjective in manner, is there to encourage drivers to convey a professional appearance, thereby improving the confidence of the public in choosing licensed vehicles as a preferred form of transportation.”

The new policy will be considered by Bath and North East Somerset Council’s licensing committee next week.


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“I’ve never seen a lady taxi driver in a miniskirt -

Thank f*** for that. :shock:

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:00 pm 
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The question I would ask the council is how many people have complained about the 'provocative' clothing?

I suspect none, and all this so called offence being caused is only in the minds of a few sad licensing officers and councillors.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:02 pm 
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Perhaps I should have a chat with my friends in Bath.

What do you think Sussex?

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Sussex wrote:
The question I would ask the council is how many people have complained about the 'provocative' clothing?

I suspect none, and all this so called offence being caused is only in the minds of a few sad licensing officers and councillors.


Suspect the 'provocative' thing isn't really what it's aimed at - probably more about getting rid of the shorts brigade. The 'provactive' angle just adds a bit to the council's argument.

I mean, recall this from a year ago - suspect a few people a bit unhappy about this kind of thing, especially when it's all over the press:

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I never understand why so many drivers insist on scruffy clothing whats wrong with presenting a respectable appearance ?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:19 pm 
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edders23 wrote:
I never understand why so many drivers insist on scruffy clothing whats wrong with presenting a respectable appearance ?

I agree, but where do you start and where do you finish?

I agree with nice tailored shorts, I disagree with swimming/beach shorts.

I agree with shirts with collars, I disagree with vests.

I agree with nice trainers, I disagree with sandals.

However I suspect no one set of specific dress codes will please everyone, so maybe the answer is a general 'must be smart and presentable' code, and that is the best we can hope for.

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