Taxi licences revoked

Published Thursday, 2nd April 2015

The Council has revoked the licences of two taxi drivers after they were arrested on suspicion of historic sexual offences against underage girls.

The authority moved swiftly to revoke the two private hire licences after two men were arrested by South Yorkshire Police on suspicion of sexual offences against children between 1994 and 2003. 

The two taxi drivers will have a right to appeal the Council’s decision by applying to the Magistrates Court.

Karl Battersby, Strategic Director for Environment and Development Services, said: "Public safety is our prime concern and we have to react to information that we receive.

"So far this year we have taken action to prevent six people from continuing to operate as taxi drivers. We would ask that the public support us in this, and that they pass on any concerns about the taxi trade to either ourselves by ringing 382121 or South Yorkshire Police on either 101 for non emergencies of 999 in an emergency situation.

"Following consultation with both the public and the licensed trade we will shortly be introducing robust new standards for licensing drivers, vehicles and operators. The Council is determined to make sure that the public can have complete confidence in the taxi service in Rotherham."