Stop these illegally run firms NOW says Wisbech councillor and taxi driver Dave Patrick

11:28 11 February 2013

Illegal Taxi Drivers business card.

Illegal Taxi Drivers business card.

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WISBECH taxi driver and councillor Dave Patrick today hit out at the “blatant disregard” of licensing laws by Eastern European mini cab drivers operating in the town.

Cllr Patrick said: “These illegally run, illegally operated businesses no longer just advertise in shop windows. These days they even have business cards distributed and they’re even handed out in garages and shops.”

He has sent this latest ‘business card’ to Fenland Council asking for an investigation.

“This card was amongst other legitimate business cards at the night counter at the BP petrol station,” he said. “It clearly gives his hours of business which appear to be Monday to Thursday from 8am to 11pm and Friday to Sunday from 10am to 2am.”

He added: “The mobile number is live and is a 02 registered mobile number.”

He urged the council to “assure me that this will be dealt with as a matter of urgency to try and stamp out this illegal trade.

“Where as before advertising seems to have been limited to advertising in shops, this person whose name appears to be Saulius is obviously distributing these cards in order to try and establish a business.”

A council spokesman said: “We share the concerns of legitimate taxi drivers about this issue. We became aware of this latest concern over the weekend and are looking into it. We are working with partners, including the police, on how to tackle the problem and will continue to update the trade at Taxi Forum meetings.”

3 comments

  • I have to agree with daveb123, all you seem to hear about is Dave supporting the Taxis, what other causes has he committed his time to in his role as a councillor? It just seems the people who support him are Taxi drivers with a self agenda. Of course we care about the conditon of taxis, but im more concerned with other more pressing matters which effect everyone in Wisbech, not just the poor taxi drivers!

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    orchardcraig

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • Does this bloke represent anyone but his taxi mates? Would love to know who voted for him, probably just his mates.Perhaps its time to change his record because I am bored with taxi waffle

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    daveb123

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • daveb123, maybe you don't care if the cab you get in; is not insured,road worthy or even that the 'cabbie' has been CRB checked....even footing is what democracy and law is all about, those flouting it ,should be nicked and then booted back to their former communist countries.

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    nrg

    Monday, February 11, 2013

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