Harlow Council set to phase out compulsory drug tests for taxi drivers

Politics / Tue 14th Oct 2014 at 11:46am

HARLOW Council are set to phase out compulsory drug tests for private hire taxi drivers in Harlow.

At present, the cost of a compulsory random drug test is written into the licence fee, however, taxi firms have argued that the cost is prohibitive; there is very little evidence of drug misuse (only one case in five years) and does not apply to black cabs.

The matter is on the agenda of Harlow’s Labour run Cabinet on Thursday night.

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2 Comments for Harlow Council set to phase out compulsory drug tests for taxi drivers:

2014-10-14 15:58:31

Firstly, why has one not been brought in for the Hackney Carriage Black Cab trade? Why when this is meant to be a safety issue for users are the Labour Council considering withdrawing it? To be honest one case in five years suggest it's being successful does it not? All lorry drivers and bus drivers are subject to this, why does a Labour Council want to remove this test and potentially put residents safety at risk? Do I detect the involvement and lobbying of unions in this?

tony durcan
2014-10-14 17:58:55

This decision was support by all 3 political parties and was based of factual evidence.This wasn't motivated by any other reason as your own colleagues supported the recommendation.no concerns were raised by anyway at cabinet either.you have the right to ask a question at full council,next Thursday if your unhappy with the collective approach over this decision.

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