Wellingborough taxi driver’s licence suspended after unsafe driving complaint

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A Wellingborough taxi driver has had his licence suspended for 14 days following a complaint of unsafe driving.

The complainant was a member of the public who alleged that in December last year they were driving along the Embankment in Wellingborough towards the roundabout near Tesco, when the taxi driver, who was in the middle lane, suddenly turned right in front of their car.

We will always investigate complaints about taxi driving standards and if we find sufficient evidence to support a complaint we will take action

Amanda Wilcox

The complainant beeped their horn and the taxi driver then allegedly kept braking unnecessarily up to the next roundabout.

He turned left towards the A45, speeding up the slip road and undertaking a lorry and causing it, and the car behind, to brake. He then sped off at excessive speed towards Rushden.

The complaint was made to the council’s licensing team and, after investigation, the matter was referred to the licensing sub-committee.

The committee decided there was sufficient evidence to support the complaint and suspended the driver’s licence for 14 days.

The driver appealed the decision and it has recently been heard in Wellingborough magistrate’s court.

The court dismissed the appeal as they believed the council’s actions were reasonable and proportionate in deciding to suspend the licence for a fortnight.

The court also awarded £480 costs to be paid to the council by the driver.

The taxi driver had a further right of appeal to the crown court but didn’t take up the option so the suspension has now taken effect.

Amanda Wilcox, licensing manager at Wellingborough Council, said: “We will always investigate complaints about taxi driving standards and if we find sufficient evidence to support a complaint we will take action.

“We had received complaints about this particular driver before, leading to a previous referral to the licensing sub-committee and a number of warnings.

“In this case, the decision of the committee to suspend the driver’s licence was supported by the court.

“We have around 280 licensed drivers in the borough and they are all required to meet strict standards.

“We receive relatively few complaints but if standards do fall below what we expect we will do what is necessary in order to keep the public safe when travelling by taxi.”

Concerns about driving standards or any issue with taxi drivers or vehicles can be reported to the council’s licensing team on 01933 231866 or by email at licensing@wellingborough.gov.uk.