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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:03 am 
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Driver told he can't put a Saltire on his taxi in bizarre crackdown

https://www.thenational.scot/news/17891 ... g-council/

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A TAXI driver has been told to park his Scottish-themed service – because his Saltire car doesn’t meet the council standard.

Rob Jamieson put white crosses on his blue Renault :roll: to help target the lucrative tourist market in the Trossachs.

The kilted cabbie launched his Saltire Taxis & Tours service earlier this summer after relocating from Kent with wife Sharon.

The pair decided to “come home” to Jamieson’s place of birth after redundancy prompted them to re-evaluate where they wanted to be and what they wanted to do.

He bought the blue vehicle with the Saltire plan in mind and says he called both the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and Stirling Council to get the green light before spending almost £1000 on the roof-and-bonnet decals, which were fitted by a company in East Kilbride.

But two months after hitting the road with his private hire service, the council has told Jamieson to scrap the Saltires.

Officials say the decoration breaches regulations and that they have no recollection of his earlier calls.

Jamieson, whose service promises customers “no fuss or drama”, is now blue in the face over the ruling.

He told The National: “Everybody thinks it’s lovely and tourists love it. It doesn’t matter where I go, people flash their lights, blow their horns, give me the thumbs-up. When I pick people up at pubs or the airport, they can see me straight away – you can’t miss the car.

“I was thinking about expanding more into tours and operating more cars with this as the branding, now I’m not sure if I can do that.

“At the end of the day, it’s only white stripes on the car.”

Conditions relating to the condition, maintenance and appearance of private hire vehicles are specified by local licensing authorities.

In Glasgow, passengers can be picked up in a blue “black hack” bearing white crosses on all sides.

But Jamieson’s private hire vehicle is classified differently and permission to operate comes from a separate local authority.

An official from Stirling Council told him in an email: “We noted that there is a Saltire on the bonnet and roof of your vehicle this is not allowed on Stirling Council taxis and we would expect you to have this removed ASAP and provide proof of this please.”

Jamieson told The National that when he queried the request, the department said it had no memory of either of his two previous calls seeking advice on the decals decision.

The National contacted three councillors on the SNP-Labour-led local authority. One declined to comment and no response was received from the other two.

However, explaining the order to remove the crosses, Stirling Council said it is working to ensure a “positive” end to the matter.

A spokesperson told The National: “Following a decision of the council’s Regulatory Functions Panel in 2011, private hire vehicles can only display a maximum of one sign on each of the two front doors, with strict limits on size and what information is displayed.

“Information is restricted to company name and/or company logo.

“Mr Jamieson’s signage does not meet this criteria and we have informed him of this. We will continue to engage with him to seek a positive resolution to this matter.”

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:05 am 
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Interesting enough story from the trade's point of view, but worth nothing that it's published in a 'newspaper' that's obsessive about Scottish flags and that sort of thing, along the lines of what I was saying about Gaelic stuff the other day.

So yesterday the front page (bottom image) referred to an eight page special of photos of the oddballs and obsessives who spend every other Saturday marching around Scottish towns and cities waving Scottish flags :-s

And today's frontpage headline (top image) is a complaint that the BBC didn't cover Saturday's march, and the piece about the PHD and the Scottish saltire flag has made the frontpage as well :shock:


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:40 pm 
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I actually think it looks good.

But rules are rules.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:26 am 
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Not much new here, other than that a couple of councillors think the rules are too restrictive.

Funny that they've never raised any concerns until now, presumably [-(


Scottish councillors speak out in support of banned saltire taxi

https://www.thenational.scot/news/17902 ... tire-taxi/

THE kilted cabbie ordered to strip the Saltires from his private hire car has hailed the support of local councillors.

Stirling Council told Rob Jamieson the white decals on his blue motor were in breach of regional rules.

The news left Jamieson’s plans to expand his Saltire Taxis & Tours service at a standstill.

The Killin man had been revving up to expand but told The National he’d been given the green light for the £1000 roof and bonnet stripes in two phone calls with council staff, and another to the DVLA.

Two months later, the local authority says Jamieson is breaking private hire rules which allow “a maximum of one sign on each of the two front doors, with strict limits on size and what information is displayed”.

But Jamieson, who recently relocated to the Trossachs from Kent with wife Sharon, says the Saltire is not a sign – and he now has the backing of local councillors.

Evelyn Tweed of the SNP and Martin Earl of the Tories both represent the Trossachs and Teith ward, of which Killin is a part.

After The National shared Jamieson’s story, it made headlines across the Scottish press and went around the world via social media.

Now both representatives have come forward to back their constituent.

Tweed, who noted that the Saltire can be found on lorries, taxis and other vehicles across the country, said she was baffled by the edict, telling the Stirling Observer: “I’m pressing for answers on why this has become an issue but at the present time I can’t see that my constituent has done anything untoward.”

And, calling Jamieson’s car “very smart”, Earl backed a rule change to give operators more flexibility to make use of “quality” design.

He said: “This sounds like the current criteria needs changing to allow for the use of a perfectly reasonable and appropriate design promoting a local business.”

Explaining the decision, SNP-and-Labour-run Stirling Council said: “Private hire vehicles can only display a maximum of one sign on each of the two front doors, with strict limits on size and what information is displayed.

“Information is restricted to company name and/or company logo.

“Mr Jamieson’s signage does not meet this criteria and we have informed him of this. We will continue to engage with him to seek a positive resolution to this matter.”

Jamieson says his decals are not corporate signage, but do appeal to customers. He told The National: “Everybody thinks it’s lovely and tourists love it.

“It doesn’t matter where I go, people flash their lights, blow their horns, give me the thumbs-up. When I pick people up at pubs or the airport, they can see me straight away.

“I was thinking about expanding more into tours and operating more cars with this as the branding, now I’m not sure if I can do that.”

On securing the backing of councillors, he said: “Having them involved could help me win this – I’m obviously hoping that it does.

“I just think it’s crazy. It’s not a logo, I’m not sure why it’s considered signage when it’s our country’s flag.”

On the response to the original article, Jamieson said: “There are responses from all over the world saying ‘what is this?’ It hasn’t surprised me that people who support independence have reacted, but it has surprised me that so many people have.”


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