Boro Taxis’ Company Secretary Christine Bell said: “While Middlesbrough Council’s plan to introduce online training for taxi drivers, in the wake of a report about the abuse of underage girls Rotherham and its links to taxi licensing, is welcome and supported, Boro Taxis does not believe it goes far enough.

“As a result, we have written to the council to encourage it to involve licensed private hire operators and for the initiative not to be limited to drivers.

“Even though there is no evidence that Middlesbrough is facing a situation similar to Rotherham, Middlesbrough Council’s proposal demonstrates a duty of care to passengers.

“All our drivers undergo BTEC training, which includes safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, but additional external measures will help further re-inforce this.

“While the council’s proposals are to be applauded, we are somewhat disappointed that we received no prior knowledge of Middlesbrough Council’s plans.”

ENDS

NEWS RELEASE: ISSUED ON BEHALF OF BORO TAXIS

CONTACT: Helen Logan on 01325 363436

Notes to Editors:

Boro Taxis was founded by Mohammed Bashir in 1982 with three cars.

Today the company has a fleet of more than 800 vehicles, provides employment for almost 900people in Tees Valley and handles more than 80,000 calls per week .All of Boro Taxis’ private hire drivers are licensed with the relevant Licensing Authorities undergo National Vocational Qualification 2 training in Road Passenger Vehicle Driving. 

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