Cabbies think they could become victims of crime if council proposals come in to force
New laws for Liverpool cabbies – including a BAN on hated up front charges
Taxi drivers are worried new city-wide rules could create a ‘robbers’ charter’ for fare dodgers in Liverpool.
The council’s licensing committee gave their support to new byelaws that are being proposed in an attempt to bring in more modern regulations for cabbies.
But some drivers have said a proposal to completely ban upfront charges for passengers travelling in the city could encourage those who might want to exploit the changes.
Eddie Wiles, of Liverpool Electronic Taxi Union, raised concerns about passengers in the city knowing that drivers wouldn’t have powers to demand any money upfront.
He said: “We do not want a robbers’ charter.
“We do not want every scally in the city coming up to us and saying ‘Well they can’t demand upfront payment from us’.”
However Liverpool council licensing officers said the new laws were necessary as some customers had been asked in the past by drivers to hand over belongings like their mobile phone as collateral.
Other new byelaws up for debate at this morning’s meeting were plans to force all taxi drivers with a card machine into taking payments by card if the customer requested to do so.
There are also more specific rules brought in to ensure that drivers are fully trained in using facilities in their cars designed for wheelchair users.
And councillors proposed setting up a working group to make sure cabbies remain fully aware of how to use these.
Currently, new drivers have to be trained in the use of tools like the wheelchair ramp but there is no requirement for refresher training.
Having been backed by the licensing committee, the proposed byelaws will now go to the full council for the next stage of approval.