Dozens of Glasgow Private Hire drivers have their licences suspended for not living there
Licensing bosses swung the axe on a list of cabbies whose registered addresses are outside of the city.
For 19 of the drivers, their time on the road was effectively ended as the suspensions go up to their licence expiry dates.
Manchester, London, Rotherham and Bolton were all listed as addresses, with many of the cabbies having never used their permit.
Ibniamin Khan, was the only one who was given a two-week penalty after he failed to use his private hire car for seven months when he was living in Yorkshire and Germany.
Alex Wilson, chair of the licensing committee told him: “We gave you a licence in 2017 and you’ve not used it.
“If you had read the terms and conditions of the licence you would know that you should have surrendered your licence.
“You are supposed to do that if you’ve not used it within any three-month period.
“You should never have applied for a licence if you had no intention of using it.”
But Mr Khan said: “I haven’t used my licence because I was looking for a car.
“My brother was then involved in a crash and I moved over to Germany to be with him for several months.
“I have now got a car and have moved to Glasgow. I moved here because I want to work here.”
All of those whose licences were suspended were called to appear in front of the committee.
The drivers who had their permits suspended until the end of their licence expiry will have to wait to apply for a new licence if they want to operate in Glasgow.
Source : EveningTimes.co.uk
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
Well done to the licence regulators in Glasgow, who have realised what’s been happening with their registered private hire drivers, and stepped in to take action to stop this practise.
The minicab drivers will now have to wait until their current PH licence expires before they can reapply ((if they wish to work again but only in Glasgow)
It's just a crying shame that London's regulators TfLTPH, don't have the appetite to do the same down here, with TfL London licensed Minicabs who are helping to destroy the private hire industries up and down the country.
But then again, we've seen the contempt TfL have for anyone other than their 'Golden Boy' partner Uber. Even commissioner Mike Brown couldn't be bothered to turn up to the commissioners meeting with senior Taxi trade reps last week, yet we hear he has had multiple top secret meetings with Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.