Grantham taxi driver has licence suspended by council

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A Grantham taxi driver has had his licence suspended because he has not conformed to standards set down by the district council.

The driver has had his licence to drive a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle suspended after accumulating maximum points on South Kesteven District Council’s penalty points scheme.

The Grantham-based dual licence has been suspended by the council’s licensing committee after the driver accrued 12 points in the previous 12 months.

SKDC operates the scheme for hackney and private hire licensing to help improve the standards, safety and protection of the travelling public.

It records drivers’ behaviour and conduct to monitor if they are a fit and proper person to hold a licence.

The driver will now be suspended until he has passed the Driving Standards Agency driving test and the pass certificate handed to the Licensing Section of the council.

SKDC’s portfolio holder for governance and communication Coun Paul Carpenter said: “We know the vast majority of hackney and private hire drivers always drive safely and provide a great service in South Kesteven.

“We want residents and visitors to the district to feel safe when they use a taxi so it is crucial that standards of driving and behaviour are consistently high. In this case the Licensing Committee chose to suspend the licence.”

Penalty points remain for a rolling twelve month period allowing any older points to be considered as spent and excluded from the running total recorded against any individual licence holder.

In 2011, the council introduced rules aimed at improving taxi safety, including the points system.

Licence holders also have to ensure that their cars finish their working life at 10 years, or 12 years for purpose built taxis.