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Taxi attack for polictical ends, claims Dudley drivers' leader
1:38pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A TAXI drivers’ leader has accused Adrian Turner of launching an attack against his members as a “campaign tool” in a bid to get re-elected.
Shaz Saleem, chairman of Dudley’s Private Hire and Taxi Association, called on him to produce the evidence to back up his claims that drivers are plying for hire and to “put up or shut up”.
He said: “Mr Turner used to be a councillor and a member of the taxis committee and he knows better than anyone, what details are needed to investigate plying for hire.
“If he was stopped five times, he should have taken the details of the vehicles and in not doing so he showed a lack of duty of care for public safety.”
Mr Saleem added: “I was disappointed to hear of his comments and I believe he is using this as a way to get back on the political ladder.”
Mr Saleem, who introduced Taxi Watch in the borough two years ago, said he had worked “extremely hard” tackle plying for hire by educating drivers and customers that if the private hire car was not booked, it was not insured.
Mr Turner, a former Conservative councillor, said he would not be standing in Hayley Green and Cradley South next May when disgraced Tory Ray Burston stands down after admitting accessing pornography on his council laptop.
He said he may stand elsewhere, but doubted it would be in a winnable ward on the Labour-led council.
Mr Turner denied raising the issue for political ends and said he did not have a note book and pen on him to take the details of the drivers who were touting for business.
He said: “I believe the council has a duty of care and I believe they have reduced the amount of enforcement that’s carried out.”
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