Fife Council to launch safety awareness course for cabbies

Prospective taxi drivers are to be made to take a series of safety courses to gain their licence in a new Fife Council initiative.

The authority is allying with local police to host a series of tutorials to raise awareness of issues such as speed, seatbelt wearing and mobile phone use among trainee cabbies.

It is the first council in Scotland to implement such a scheme, which is designed to increase awareness of necessary safety standards among those in the industry, reports STV.

Councillor Gerry McMullan stated that local cab companies have been fully supportive of the initiative, which he describes as a key part of maintaining the industry’s role in the area’s transport infrastructure.

He said: “We expect our drivers to maintain a high standard of driving and customer care.”

This comes after the BBC earlier this week reported that Northern Ireland’s Driver and Vehicle Agency has carried out a series of checks on local cabbies in order to ensure industry standards are being maintained.

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