A DUNDEE taxi driver could lose his licence after claims he offered sex in his cab on a gay dating site.
The cabbie, 52, allegedly posted X-rated pics on Fab Guys showing his taxi badge and boasted he could “always be found” at the rank by Dundee Railway Station.
The ‘Taximan2’ profile also included rude details about sexual activities and tells potential suitors he “prefers quick meets either outdoor or in my taxi”.
Dundee City Council is now probing the driver after a complaint was made by a member of the public.
The driver in question claims to know nothing about the website, The Courier reports.
But a council spokesman said: “We have received a complaint and this has been passed to Police Scotland.”
A Police Scotland spokesman added: “Where allegations of criminal behaviour are passed to us they will be investigated and dealt with appropriately.
“If no criminality has taken place, matters relating to fitness to hold a licence rest with the issuing authority.”
When approached for comment via the number given in the profile, the driver said he “has no idea” about the website, adding that the conversation was “disgusting”.
The council’s licensing committee met last night (Tuesday, November 13) to discuss what action could be taken to limit the impact of Uber on private hire vehicles in the borough.
This comes after many Wokingham taxi drivers had voiced their concerns to the council that not enough was being done to halt Uber, and the committee agreed that stronger action was needed from the government.
Councillor Rachel Burgess told the News: “I was pleased the Licensing Committee pushed for stronger recommendations regarding the operation of Uber in Wokingham borough.
“It is clear that there is not a level playing field in Wokingham, as well as a potential public safety issue, as the local authority has no powers to carry out enforcement checks on Uber drivers or their vehicles who are licensed outside the borough.
“This is a classic case of legislation not keeping up with new technology. Legislation should be brought forward to allow Wokingham and other licensing authorities to carry out compliance checks for any taxi or private hire vehicle within their area. The Licensing Committee should also call on TfL to make it a condition of licensing that drivers cooperate with requests from compliance officers in areas such as Wokingham.
“We have an increasing number of drivers operating almost entirely at a significant distance from where they are licensed, making it impossible for licensing authorities to effectively monitor their activities. It is clear to me that all taxi journeys should start or end within the area in which the driver is licensed.
“We need the government to bring forward these legislative changes to protect public safety and to ensure fairness for all drivers in Wokingham borough.”
Councillor Chris Bowring told the committee that “drivers in the borough (were) being discriminated against by Uber”.
National rules mean Uber drivers can be licensed by Transport for London but can live in and operate in Wokingham without needing to be checked out by Wokingham Borough Council (WBC).
Councillor Rachelle Shepherd-DuBey said: “We should be asking the government to set up national standards so we have different areas able to deal with it.
“We want a national system so we can check everybody.”
Two taxi drivers submitted their concerns to the council before the meeting, with one writing: “It is felt by the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire trades that Wokingham Borough Council are not at all supportive of any valid concerns presented to them.”
Another wrote: “We drivers are upset about UBER drivers working in Wokingham. This is unfair when the Council is forcing us to buy wheelchair accessible vehicles but don’t care how we can afford these types of vehicles. The least the Council can do is help us to stop UBER drivers in Wokingham.
“This has had an effect on our earnings and we, the licensed drivers, find this unfair and undermining.
“This is affecting our living. We drivers believe the Council will take our concern seriously and take action.”
The council is set to write to the four MPs with constituencies in the borough, as well as the relevant minister for state, Transport for London and the Local Government Association voicing their concerns about Uber.
Bracknell Forest Council’s licensing committee met last month to discuss the threat of Uber in Bracknell, with one councillor describing the issue as “torturous” for taxi drivers.
Later in the meeting councillors agreed to change their licensing policy for private hire drivers.
A removal of a clause means drivers licensed with other authorities will not be able to apply for licenses in Wokingham.
It was also agreed to reject the creation of a new licence that would have been necessary as a result of agreeing to an operator’s request to exempt chauffeurs from the mandatory geographical knowledge test when applying for a licence.
A shocking video captured the moment a man racially abuses a number of taxi drivers – telling them to ‘go back to their own country’. The exchange, which was recorded by a driver at the scene, happened in the early hours of the morning outside Hull Paragon Interchange. The driver, who does not want to be named, said the racist man was calling the taxi drivers ‘cowards’.
He said: ‘The gentleman who was abusing the taxi drivers, he came to get a taxi. ‘It is the rules from the council that if you feel somebody is a bit too drunk or looks dodgy to you, you can ask for money upfront.
‘When the driver asked for money upfront from the gentleman, he said he didn’t have any money. ‘So the driver said it’s OK you don’t have money, you aren’t going far away, I will drop you off. But while he was talking, he wet his jeans. He peed on his pants when he was talking. ‘The taxi driver said “I will take you without money that’s fine but I cannot carry you because you have peed yourself and there will be loads of people who will be sitting on the seat so sorry I cannot carry you”. ‘So because of this he started abusing all of them racially.’
The taxi driver, 27, said the man was shouting at all of the taxi drivers there that night. ‘He was shouting at all of us – “you guys are cowards, go back to your own country”,’ he said.
‘He started saying “you don’t deserve [to be] here. You guys are robbing us”. ‘One of the taxi drivers said “why are you doing this we are happy here?”. He said “yeah you will be happy here because you are robbing me, you are robbing my money”.’ The taxi driver who filmed the footage last week is from Bangladesh. He said he did not react, only filming what was happening in case it was needed for evidence.
A MAN filmed himself being driven around while sitting on the BONNET of a taxi after a night out after claiming to have had an argument with the driver.
The shocking incident took place in Sunderland at the weekend when the man known only as "Glen" asked a cabbie to take an injured man to hospital.
He claims to have come across the bleeding stranger after going out for a drink, but the driver refused to help.
Glen then claims to have stood in front of the car - when the driver began to pull away, forcing Glen up on to the bonnet.
They then drove around the city for at least four and a half minutes with Glen still on the bonnet as the driver fails to stop.
Captions on the incredible video read: "So I ask a taxi driver to take this lad with [a] broken nose to hospital.
“Now I never knew the lad personally, but the taxi would not take him.
“So I stood [in front] of the taxi and he just pulled away with me on the front of his bonnet.
“Next thing I know I’m getting driven [through] Sunderland on the front of a taxi bonnet surfing.
“Thankfully the police stopped us and I did not press charges as we all do silly things.”
Glen can be heard saying in the video: “Excuse me, I’m like on a taxi.
“The lad needed to go to hospital and all of a sudden he pulled away and I’m on the f*****g bonnet!
“I think this is quite illegal, but I’m not sure.”
He can even be heard arguing with the driver as they’re driving along.
Glen yells: “You might as well pull over and I’ll punch your f*****g head in, ‘cause I feel like killing you at the minute!”
“I’ve come out for a drink and this is what’s happened – I’m going to f*****g Southwick on a bonnet.”
“You might as well keep on going son, I’m nearly home!”
Another two taxis, appearing to be from the same firm, overtake the taxi towards the end of the clip, which may be when police intervened.
Off camera, a woman’s voice can be heard saying “What are you doing?” to which Glen replies: “I’ve got it all on camera for you pet.”
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “We are aware of a video circulating on social media which shows a man riding on the bonnet of a moving vehicle in Sunderland in the early hours of Saturday (November 10).
“Police have identified the individuals involved and an investigation is ongoing.
“We would like to stress that this kind of behaviour is incredibly dangerous and could have potentially fatal consequences.”
Two helpless tourists were terrified when a taxi driver locked them in his car and forced them to pay almost £200 for a trip that normally costs less than £50.
The start of their ordeal in Paris is captured in a video posted on YouTube by victim Chakrid Thanhachartyothin, a Thai national travelling with his wife.
Mr Thanhachartyothin had checked the price of a standard taxi from Charles de Gaulle airport to the city centre, and found it was as low as £43.
But the so far unidentified driver, who claimed to be licensed, first said he wanted the Euro equivalent of £216 following a pickup last Thursday morning.
Mr Chanhachartyothin said: "When the taxi arrived at our hotel, the driver picked up a meter and it showed a total of €240 (£209).
"We were shocked, because when we checked online, taxis the city were between 50 and 70 euros maximum.
"I didn’t pay up easily, but the driver was angry and would not let us out.
"We said we would pay, and then go to the police station, but the driver stayed on the phone.
"He was speaking to his gang, and there was a real threat."
The driver constantly shouts: "Pay me, pay me!" during the hour-long journey, claiming that the price was set by his company, and not him.
As a heated argument carries on, he also resorts to shouting "You don’t pay me, no problem" but still refused to allow the couple to get out.
After because increasingly scared and frustrated, Mr Thanhachartyothin handed over €200 (£175) and the couple were allowed out.
They have since made a complaint, and Paris police have opened an investigation for ‘illegal taxiing’.
The driver showed what he claimed to be official documents, but local taxi firms say they know nothing about him.
Mr Chanhachartyothin now hopes that the video will help catch him.