A Barrow taxi driver has been granted special permission to spruce up his cab for the festive season. Hackney carriage driver Brian White wrote to Barrow Borough Council, requesting permission to decorate his black Toyota Avensis with Christmas stickers and artwork.
According to the North West Evening Mail, the decision was approved by senior officers at last month’s Licensing Committee meeting and councillors were set to discuss the approval when they sat at the latest Licensing Regulatory committee in the town hall.
In his submissions to officers, Mr White wrote: “I am looking for the committee to please allow me to decorate my taxi with Christmas stickers over the festive period.
“It is not for financial gain, in fact it cost me a fortune. It’s just to make the odd person smile and maybe lift somebody’s day. I hope you will allow my request and help a taxi driver to spread a bit of Christmas cheer in Barrow.”
Mr White also submitted photographs of the decorations he wished to add on to his black Toyota Avensis and added: “P.S Don’t be a bah humbug,” along with a small cartoon drawing of Santa Claus.
At the meeting, it was decided that as the festive decorations were not ‘bizarre or psychedelic,’ and did not hinder Mr White’s visibility or compromise public safety, they could be used in the vehicle until January 5, 2018.
The decision was made in line with Barrow Borough Council’s requirements for Hackney Carriages which state that: “bizarre and psychedelic painting colour schemes will not be permitted and the interior and exterior of the vehicle shall at times be kept in good, clean and smart condition.
“No advertising material must be displayed on windows which must be kept free of any visual obstructions.”