Taxi driver "shocked" at state of minibus used by children

By Antony Clay | 03/11/2017

Taxi driver 'shocked' at state of minibus used by children

A TAXI driver has accused council chiefs of hypocrisy after reporting a school minibus used for carrying children which he believed was in a poor condition.

Tauseef Shah said taxis had to undergo three MOTs a year and have no scratches whereas the minibus, which has been cleared as roadworthy by

Rotherham Borough Council, was allowed to carry youngsters despite its rusting paintwork.

Mr Shah was so angry at the state of the minibus, used by Rotherham Aspire, that he took photographs and sent an open letter to the council, MPs, as well as Prime Minister Theresa May.

Rotherham Aspire is a pupil referral unit based on New Street, Rawmarsh.

The cabbie, who works with A1 Taxis in Rotherham but made the complaint in a personal capacity, said: “I was shocked to see this vehicle being used by the vulnerable children and staff of this institution, Rotherham Aspire.

“This is a matter of public concern and child safety.”

A council spokesman said: “All the usual procedures have been followed for this vehicle, and this has included prescribed inspections and testing, vehicle servicing and driver vehicle checks.

“This particular vehicle is maintained in line with current legal requirements for the vehicle’s use.”

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