TAXI drivers and operators in Denbighshire who accumulate penalty points for breaching regulations could be suspended or banned under a new scheme being introduced by the county council.
Some years ago the authority approved a points scheme but it was never implemented because of questions over its legality. However, a recent case law determined that such a scheme was not unlawful in principle, and the council has obtained specialist legal advice.
Today (Wednesday) the council’s licensing committee will be asked to approve a scheme under which drivers and operators could receive five or 10 penalty points for various infringements, which range from parking offences to refusing to help passengers load their luggage.
Complaints will be dealt with by officers but anyone accumulating 20 points in 24 months will be referred to the committee who will be able to issue a warning, impose additional points, suspend or revoke a licence.
In a separate move, the council is to bring in a rule that licences will be granted only to operators who intend to ply for trade entirely or predominantly within Denbighshire.