Cops call time on taxi scam in Bo’ness

Full taxi licence holders have complained about private hire cars
Full taxi licence holders have complained about private hire cars

Police in Bo’ness have clamped down on drivers after receiving a tip-off that a number of unlicensed taxis were operating in the town.

The operators, who only held private hire licences, were waiting in taxi ranks and picking up fares off the street, which they are not entitled to do under the terms of the licence.

Community Policing Inspector Christopher Stewart said: “Police Scotland have been made aware of concerns in the Bo’ness area with regards to unlicensed taxis and we are actively working in tackling this issue.

“Acting on information received, officers visited some taxi drivers and established that they did not have the correct licence to operate as a normal taxi in terms of waiting at a taxi stance and collecting fares off-street which had not been pre-booked.

“The relevant advice was issued to these drivers who were advised of their licence restrictions.

“Officers have also been carrying out appropriate checks and engaging with the taxi trade in Bo’ness.

“The purpose of this strategy is to raise awareness among taxi drivers and also identify those who may be operating without the appropriate licence.

“We have adopted an educational approach in the first instance, however we will take enforcement action if necessary.”