Southport Private hire drivers frustrated at Sefton Council taxi licensing office

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Private hire drivers in Southport are becoming increasingly angry and frustrated at Sefton Council taxi licensing office to take action over the illegal plying for hire of hackney carriages mainly in Birkdale Village mostly on a Friday and Saturday evening they are generally to be seen parked outside June the florist encroaching on to the bus stop waiting to pick up fairs from the surrounding pubs and bars.

At the same time the council are spending rate payers money on “test shoppers” usually council employees! No doubt on attractive rates of overtime? To entice private hire drivers to break the law by picking them up without being prebooked this means any driver who may be entrapped by these “test shoppers” is then commiting an offence of driving without insurance!

The general concensus of opinion is it is time to deregulate and to have a one tier system if the council wish to go down that route they could like many other councils remove the anomaly of private  hire cars having to be prebooked the advantages are of this are far greater than the pitfalls.

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