Taxi dress code proposals scrapped

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Proposals to consult with the taxi trade in Lancaster about a formal dress code for cabbies have been shelved by councillors.

At a city council licensing committee meeting last week, councillors discussed whether or not to consult on an “appropriate dress code” for drivers, following a report from the council’s licensing manager.

The dress code would have applied to both hackney carriage drivers and private hire drivers.

The current council regulations in relation to dress code state that the licensee should be “clean and respectable in his dress and person”.

But it was proposed by coun Tony Johnson and seconded by Coun Billy Hill that no consultation be carried out with the trade and upon being put to the vote, five voted in favour of the proposition and one against, with two abstentions.

Andy Kay, chair of the Lancaster District Hackney Carriage Assocation said: “It’s up to us how we should operate our business, it is not something that should be imposed on us by this council.

“Some passengers will prefer a driver in formal wear, while others are happy with a driver dressed informally.

“They will make that choice when they choose a taxi.”