The new rules have been laid down by North Lincolnshire Council, with all cabs to be white by December 2023
Tough new rules for cabbies including a ban on female drivers wearing short skirts are to be introduced by North Lincolnshire Council.
Under a new policy agreed by the authority’s licensing committee today (Thursday, September 21) all Hackney Carriage vehicles will have to be white by December 2023.
Committee members were told a standard livery was required to ensure the cabs were easily recognisable to members of the public.
All new and replacement vehicles will have have to conform to the new livery requirement before the deadline in six years’ time.
But Councillor Carl Sherwood was concerned passengers might have problems with the new livery as there were lots of white vehicles around.
Licensing manager Nick Bramhill pointed out the cars carried plenty of signage.
Female taxi drivers will be banned from wearing short skirts under new rules.
Councillor Steve Swift felt the new livery requirement did not go far enough and suggested extra markings on the vehicles.
Mr Bramhill said the trade bodies were quite happy with the rule as white vehicles were easier to source.
Under the new policy, applicants for licences will also have to demonstrate they are able to read and write in English.
Cabbies who have other driving jobs will be required to keep a record of the hours they drive – even on private land.
Operators of cabs fitted with CCTV systems will have to ensure they are registered with the Information Commissioner.
Cabs will also have to be fitted with child seats and drivers will be held responsible for the safety of children.
Drivers will be required to disclose all their previous convictions, regardless of whether or not they would be regarded as spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.
And for the first time, smoking electronic cigarettes in taxis will see drivers have points docked off their licence.
The licensing watchdogs also agreed to amend the dress code for cabbies.
Ear-muffs and scarves covering the face are banned, while headwear except for religious headwear including skull caps and turbans will also not be allowed.
Football shirts, flip-flops and skirts shorter than knee-length have also been banned, while offensive tattoos have to be covered up.
In a further change, operators will be able for the first time to buy and display private registration plates from the council for a £150 fee renewable at the rate of £50 every year.
The number plate must not be offensive and contain between three and five digits with at least one number at the end.