Tories express grave reservations over Harlow Council bid to stop drug tests for taxi drivers
Politics / Tue 21st Oct 2014 am31 08:55am
SENIOR Conservative councillors have expressed grave reservations over a recommendation by Harlow ruling Labour cabinet to no longer enforce compulsory drug tests for private hire drivers.
As reported last week in YH, Harlow Council had detailed the economic and logistical reasons why they wanted to stop the test and financial charge.
In the report, the deputy leader of Harlow Council, cllr Tony Durcan stated that there had only been one failure of the drug test since 2009.
However, you could sense the murmurings of discontent from the Conservative ranks.
Church Langley councillor, Simon Carter said: “Have you ever considered that the reason that there has only been one drug test failure is because of the very system that you have in place?”
However not one of them spoke on the issue at full council last night,the report was excepted by all councillors at full council last night.
Actually Tony that is not correct! What happened was the Chairman did not actually do a proper call of the vote and no proper vote was taken! He just said - agreed - and a few Councillors mumbled agreed! Any legal challenge to the decision would easily be hung on this bad decision making, and incorrect voting. I suggest you flag this up with Ian, as it could get the Council into all sorts of trouble!