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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:53 am 
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Nothing particularly new here, but just in case anyone's forgotten...


Dirty-dealing taxi drivers snared at Liverpool and Everton football matches

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/li ... d-16420196

Council action part of wider crackdown on trades in the city

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Taxi and private hire drivers were snared at Liverpool and Everton home games in May.

Liverpool Council continued to clamp down on dodgy drivers at football matches in the final month of the Premier League season.

Across the month of May, one private hire driver was cautioned for illegally plying for hire outside one of the football grounds.

Elsewhere, two Hackney cab drivers were cautioned for failing to wear the correct badges while trying to pick up football fans.

And another Hackney driver from Manchester got into trouble, for failing to assist an officer around the time of a match in the city.

Operation Topaz is a campaign by the city council to improve the taxi and private hire trades during football matches in the city.

It was launched after a host of complaints about drivers charging exorbitant fares to fans upfront, cherrypicking certain fares and private hire drivers illegally plying for hire after full time.

Across the city, the council had a busy month in its bid to clean up both trades in general.

During May, a total of 40 cabs and taxis were either taken off the streets or served with serious defect notices for a string of faults.

Members of the city council’s Licensing Enforcement Team patrols the city at key times on a regular basis. And during May they snared 35 Liverpool drivers whose vehicles had a string of faults such as dangerous tyres, damaged bodywork, sharp edges and unclean and unhygienic interiors.

The team also took five cars off the road that belonged to taxi drivers from outside Liverpool. Any driver issued with a defect notice has seven days to make repairs or face further action.

Three Sefton-based private hire drivers were prosecuted for taking passengers who had not booked their journey in advance (plying for hire), whilst three black cab drivers were fined for being selective in what fares they took, rather than taking the nearest available passenger (cherry picking).

The Licensing Enforcement Team also works on behalf of the taxi trade and during May more than 150 fines were issued to private motorists who had illegally parked on taxi stands.

A further 53 taxi and private hire drivers were given written cautions for violations including failing to display their badges, not having valid insurance and failing to ensure the safety of their passengers.

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Cllr James Noakes, said: “This is another successful month for the enforcement team and it is a testament to the hard work of everyone involved that they have been able to identify so many drivers who are not playing by the rules.

“It is regrettable that so many drivers have fallen foul of the rules when they should know the standards that are expected on them. We are committed to protecting the public of Liverpool and we know that the overwhelming majority of our taxi drivers support us.

“The message from the city council is clear – if you come into Liverpool intent on breaking the rules or with an unsafe vehicle, you will be caught.”


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:54 am 
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And another Hackney driver from Manchester got into trouble, for failing to assist an officer around the time of a match in the city.


Wonder what that was all about? :-k


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:10 pm 
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our LO has admitted seeing Rutland PH picking up on the rank but aren't doing anything about it :sad:

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:35 pm 
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edders23 wrote:
our LO has admitted seeing Rutland PH picking up on the rank but aren't doing anything about it :sad:



Video this kind of action and Council will have to act as these Officers are falling foul "dereliction of duty".
If you have the evidence do not be afraid of accusing them of dereliction of duty.


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And another Hackney driver from Manchester got into trouble, for failing to assist an officer around the time of a match in the city.


Wonder what that was all about? :-k

Maybe they needed a jump start.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:31 pm 
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A further 53 taxi and private hire drivers were given written cautions for violations including failing to display their badges, not having valid insurance and failing to ensure the safety of their passengers.

I get the caution for no badge on display, but is no insurance really a caution matter?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:04 pm 
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A further 53 taxi and private hire drivers were given written cautions for violations including failing to display their badges, not having valid insurance and failing to ensure the safety of their passengers.

I get the caution for no badge on display, but is no insurance really a caution matter?

Could it be that due to poor journalism it is actually not having the insurance displayed rather than not having insurance at all? Still a requirement in some manors.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:34 pm 
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A quick look at some of the official documentation doesn't reveal a huge raft of cautions for insurance stuff, so most of the 53 figure stated presumably relates to the other stuff.

But, for example, there's this in the March 2019 list of written cautions:

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⦁ 2 x Liverpool hackney carriage drivers issued with final written warnings for plying for hire and associated insurance offences.

So it's probably not so much not being insured at all than as it relates to plying for hire (presumably the HCs here were out-of-area).

But there's also this from January 2019:

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⦁ 1 x Liverpool private hire driver failing to produce a valid certificate of insurance.

That's again under the heading "Written Cautions and Re-education course referrals"

Don't like the sound of these 'Re-education' courses - sounds a bit Soviet Union-ish :shock:

Anyway, can't be bothered looking through a whole raft of the official documents, but I suspect cautions for lack of insurance are few and far between, and not as suggested in the Echo's article.

Anyone interested can view the official documents here, but unfortunately the newest stuff is only to March 2019:

https://liverpool.gov.uk/council/strate ... secutions/


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:14 pm 
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Aren't Anfield and Goodison park are within the Liverpool boundaries ? or will Mr T pop up in a moment to tell us they are in Sefton

Sorry not my part of the world so don't know Geography well

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