Rotherham taxi drivers’ suspensions to aid public ‘confidence’ says commissioner
The suspension of about 40 taxi drivers in Rotherham is aimed at restoring public confidence, according to the commissioner overseeing the service.
Mary Ney said the aim was to overcome a “a loss of confidence” in the wake of the town’s child sex abuse scandal.
Tariq Sadiq, of Rotherham Hackney Drivers’ Association, said he believed taxi drivers were “an easy scapegoat”.
But Ms Ney said they wanted to ensure the “fit and proper person” test requirements were fulfilled.
The rules take into account previous criminal convictions, complaints against drivers and more stringent safety requirements for the taxis.