N shw' taxi drivers are suspended ver training

PUBLISHED: 11:58 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:01 03 May 2010

THREE taxi drivers wh failed t turn up fr training have had their licences taken away by cuncil fficers. The drivers were suppsed t attend cmpulsry disability discriminatin training. But despite numerus invitatins and letters thrughut the ye

THREE taxi drivers wh failed t turn up fr training have had their licences taken away by cuncil fficers.

The drivers were suppsed t attend cmpulsry disability discriminatin training.

But despite numerus invitatins and letters thrughut the year they failed t take part.

"Failing t attend mandatry training and failure t cmply with cnditins f a Licence is a serius matter," said Liz Bailey, principal envirnmental health fficer at East Cambridgeshire District Cuncil.

"As the rganisatin which licenses taxis thrughut the district, we have t take int cnsideratin the safety f all ur passengers whether they be able-bdied r disabled.

"We want t send a clear message t the small minrity f taxi drivers wh ignre ur requests t attend training that we will suspend r revke yur licences if yu dn't cmply with ur requirements."

The training teaches drivers hw t deal with varius types f disabilities frm the visually impaired t thse with walking difficulties.

The curse als includes a discussin sessin fllwed by a multiple-chice test.

As the training frms part f the requirement t hld a licence t drive a private hire vehicle r Hackney carriage, cuncil fficers tk the firm decisin t take the 'n shw' cases t the cuncil's licensing cmmittee, which led t the suspensin f their licences.

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