Midlothian taxi plan is one step beyond

Midlothian Council car park. Taxi owner Tony Palys checks his fixed steps with a spirit level after allegations that they protrude too much.

Midlothian Council car park. Taxi owner Tony Palys checks his fixed steps with a spirit level after allegations that they protrude too much.

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MIDLOTHIAN taxi drivers have put their foot down over alleged safety dangers in their vehicles.

The cabbies are upset that licensing guidelines advocating the use of retractable running boards are undermining the use of fixed steps.

Midlothian Council’s general purposes committee was told last week that the police’s Cab Inspector felt that fixed steps may present a danger to the public.

These steps, which may be outwith the overall width of the taxi, could injure a lower leg or ankle.

The Cab Inspector suggested that taxi owners’ decision to adopt fixed running boards is purely a cost and maintenance issue and one which compromises public safety.

Councillors were informed that there was no requirement for side steps to be electronic as a retractable manual step could be installed.

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