TAXI drivers in Rossendale have expressed concern over the introduction of a new policy covering their licences.
A draft policy, setting out the council’s views on private hire operators within the borough, is to be approved by councillors later this month.
The document covers measures that relate to the licensing of drivers, vehicles and taxi operators that the council and firms must adhere to.
But the controversial ‘penalty points scheme’, which saw more than 160 taxi drivers stage a protest on the Town Hall car park last October, has been shelved.
Rossendale Taxi Association has sent a letter to the council citing a number of concerns about the policy. Drivers are concerned about issues such as having to retake their DSA test if they get six penalty points, dress codes and tests on vehicles.
Glenn Bulcock, chairman of the association, said: “We have a lot of concerns about the policy. We will be challenging around 50 per cent of it.
“Around 100 drivers could be attending the meeting and we will raise our concerns to the council then.”
Stuart Sugarman, Rossendale Coun-cil’s director of business, said: “Rossendale Council does not have a written taxi licensing policy nor any published procedures outlining how it deals with various aspects of vehicle, driver and operator licensing. There are, of course, procedures in place.”
The licensing committee will consider the new policy at its next meeting on Monday.