Council to consider changing rules on tinted glass in taxis

Vehicle manufacturers using ever-darker privacy glass in the rear windows of new cars has caused Sheffield City Council to reconsider its policy on tinted windows in taxis and private hire vehicles.
Under the council’s current taxi licensing policy, vehicles must have a minimum of 75 per cent light density in the front windscreen, and 70 per cent light density in the remaining windows.
This is to ensure the safety of lone passengers in the back seats, as well as the protection of the driver – as both can be clearly seen by passers-by.

Self-applied tints are also banned under council regulations.

Read more at: https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/council-to-consider-changing-rules-on-tinted-glass-in-taxis-1-9261132

Why is my taxi from another city?

If you’ve ever been in a cab and wondered why the driver’s taxi licence was issued hundreds of miles away, the answer may lie in Wolverhampton.

The city has found itself at the centre of angry protests from cab drivers, who accuse the local council of making it too easy to enter the trade.

Cabbies from other parts of England and Wales say drivers newly licensed in the West Midlands are operating as far afield as Manchester and Southampton.

On Monday, private hire operators took part in the latest slow-drive through the city, calling on the authority to tighten rules around who gets permission to carry passengers.

They have taken similar action before, as have hackney carriage drivers.

Read on… https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-44849364

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