A step too far for Midlothian Council

Midlothian Council has rejected a bid to have fixed steps fitted on local taxis.

The Midlothian Taxi Owners’ Association wants to have fixed running boards permitted on vehicles.

At last week’s general purposes committee, following a lengthy debate, councillors voted eight to six against the request. Midlothian taxis are currently fitted with steps which are fully retractable.

A number of councils already allow fixed steps including Aberdeen, Perth, Fife and West Dunbartonshire.

However, Edinburgh and West Lothian Councils, which share a Cab office with Midlothian, have refused to allow them. The police are concerned that fixed steps could be a danger to public safety.

Association secretary Russell Rankin said: “There is no physical change to the vehicle as far as we are concerned. The steps at this moment are not banned.”

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