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Wyre pledges to uphold standards of taxi drivers

Taxi Published Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Wyre Council has pledged to continue upholding the high standards expected of taxi drivers in the borough following a court decision to return a licence to a driver cautioned for violence.

On Wednesday 15 March Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court upheld an appeal brought by taxi driver Alan Holroyd, against the revocation of his driver’s licence by Wyre's licensing committee.

In September 2016 the committee revoked Mr Holroyd’s driver’s licence on the grounds of public safety, after viewing CCTV footage of an assault he carried out on his partner at the time during a night out in Blackpool, for which Mr Holroyd received a police caution.

Councillor Simon Bridge, Chair of Wyre Council's licensing committee, said: "I'm extremely disappointed. Having seen very clear CCTV images of Mr Holroyd twice punching his partner in the face, the licensing committee agreed that he was not a fit and proper person to drive a taxi.

"However on appeal, Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court disagreed, deciding that he could still be trusted to hold a licence and continue to drive residents of Wyre, some of whom may be vulnerable individuals.

"Obviously we will abide by this decision but I would like to take this opportunity to re-state that Wyre Council will do everything in its power to keep our residents safe."

Despite the decision, Wyre Council will continue to take action against any taxi drivers whose conduct falls below that expected, in order to protect the public whilst travelling in licensed vehicles.

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