Taxi driver training warning

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THE CONVENER of Dundee City Council’s licensing committee has issued a stark warning to the city’s taxi drivers.

Cllr Stewart Hunter has told drivers who have not been through the right level of training by next May that they will not have their licence renewed.

He said: “The committee has unanimously backed its previous position by making it crystal clear to drivers, operators and the Dundee public that unless a taxi driver has passed one of the three approved training courses by May 31 next year then their licence will not be renewed.

“We understand the valuable role that taxi drivers play as ambassadors of the city when they are the first point of contact for tourists and visitors, and the vital part they play in public safety getting people to their destination without incident.

“The qualification gives drivers a chance to formalise their knowledge and perhaps increase their skills as well giving new drivers an understanding of road safety, vehicle maintenance, health and safety, support for passengers who require assistance, safeguarding vulnerable passengers and professional customer service.

“The courses are driver friendly, relevant to local legislation and interactive to ensure a positive learning experience.

“We have been discussing this for years and the need for the requirement to be met by May 31 is well-known and widely talked about in the trade.

“But I want to make it absolutely clear that there are no ifs or buts - any driver who doesn’t have the qualification after May 31 will not have their licence renewed and could potentially lose their livelihood.”

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