Tokyo World: A taxi driver tried to overcharge passengers at a festival in Bristol
A taxi driver who tried to overcharge passengers at the Tokyo World Music Festival in Bristol has had his license suspended for six months.
The driver was arrested after a problem was spotted with their cab’s ‘taxi’ roof sign, as part of police traffic checks during the festival in Eastville Park in September 2021.
It was discovered that he had not used the meter for a fare within Bristol limits and had attempted to overcharge customers.
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He was suspended for six months from his license after a report was presented to Bristol City Council’s Public Safety and Protection Committee.
Councilor Nicola Beech, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, said: ‘The majority of taxi drivers in Bristol provide excellent service and spot checks help us maintain these good standards.
“Taxis are an essential part of a sustainable transport network, and we want everyone who chooses to travel by taxi in Bristol to feel reassured that they will have a safe and fair journey.
“If you think you’re overcharged and don’t want to confront the driver, ask for a receipt at the end of the ride and report the problem to us.”
The driver now has 21 days to appeal the decision. If they do not appeal, the six-month suspension begins after the appeal period ends.
If you have concerns about a taxi driver, you can visit Taxi complaints – bristol.gov.uk.
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