A Wellingborough taxi driver has been fined after being caught smoking in his car and throwing the butt out of the window.
An officer from Wellingborough Council’s health protection team saw the driver, who cannot be named, smoking in his vehicle at about 8am on Tuesday, May 19.
He followed the car between Broad Green and Victoria Road in the town, where he witnessed the driver discard the lit cigarette into the street.
After stopping to pick up the cigarette end, the officer continued to follow the taxi into Winstanley Road where he was parked up waiting for customers to come out of their house.
The officer approached the driver, who admitted smoking in the taxi and throwing the butt out of the window.
He was issued with two fixed penalty notices – one from the borough council for £50 for smoking in the taxi and one for £75 from Wellingborough Norse for littering.
Amanda Wilcox, health protection manager at Wellingborough Council, said: “All taxi drivers are licensed by the council and as a condition of their licence they agree to strict policies and regulations.
“We expect drivers to be polite, helpful and safe, and their cars must be clean, well-maintained, and smoke free.
“These regulations are put in place to ensure the safety of the public at all times.
“We will always take action if we become aware of any of our drivers breaking these rules.
“We are pleased that in this case we were able to work with Wellingborough Norse so that the littering fine could be issued too.
“Taxi drivers are in a position of trust and the public must be able to feel safe on their journey.
“This means not only that the car is a pleasant, smoke-free place to travel in, but also that they’re confident the driver is a fit and proper person to be driving them.
“If anyone has concerns about a taxi driver in the borough they can contact us on 01933 231 966 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”