Company will not be driven to smarten up

PUBLISHED: 12:52 13 January 2006 | UPDATED: 21:37 28 May 2010

Bob Steer one of Gem Cabs' drivers

Bob Steer one of Gem Cabs' drivers

A TAXI boss with a business outside March Railway Station says she WILL NOT be telling her drivers to dress up for work. Cabbies at some railway stations have been told to pull their socks up when it comes to appearance after complaints from passengers. T

A TAXI boss with a business outside March Railway Station says she WILL NOT be telling her drivers to dress up for work.Cabbies at some railway stations have been told to pull their socks up when it comes to appearance after complaints from passengers.Train operator One has insisted on a new dress code for taxi drivers in Gt Yarmouth and it could be rolled out in other areas. The train company does run trains through March although local taxis do not pay a fee for the right to work the station.The new rules have got some drivers hot under the collar and taxi boss Jeanette Clarke, of Gem Cabs, in Station Approach, can understand why.She has been in business for 20 months and has just moved into her new premises.Mrs Clarke insists on her 11 male and female drivers being scrupulously clean rather than smart. The cabs are also kept in pristine condition.She said: "Would you like to sit for eight or nine hours in a shirt and tie driving your car? It can become very uncomfortable."Personally I think as long as clothes are clean and the driver has a tidy appearance that is what matters. My drivers are clean and the cars are valeted on a regular basis."Mrs Clarke believes her regular customers have already given her drivers the thumbs-up and put her on the road to success. She said: "They have even been donating office furniture since we moved in here. They really are the most superb customers and I am sure they are not worried about what we are wearing.

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