Cabbies angry at planned shorts ban
TAXI drivers could be banned from wearing shorts after the clothing was classed as “provocative or sexually revealing”.
Proposals for the ban have been branded “pathetic, petty and vindictive” by cabbies, who say shorts mean they can work comfortably in the summer heat.
Drivers were already banned from wearing ripped clothing, items with suggestive or offensive words, sports kit and tracksuits.
The new policy being considered by councillors in Bath and North East Somerset next week will add to the list “any clothing that could be deemed to be provocative or sexually revealing” – including shorts and miniskirts.
Lloyd Cook, from the Bath Spa Taxi Association, said: “Banning shorts would just make it uncomfortable for all the drivers.
“After the summer we’ve had it would just make people more irate. I don’t see shorts that come below the knee as a problem. I’ve never seen a lady taxi driver in a miniskirt.”
Others said they had never seen a cabby sporting “provocative or sexually revealing” clothing.
Geoff Beer was frustrated that the same rule would not apply to Uber drivers, who “can do what they want, wear what they want”.
Drivers appealed to be able to wear shorts in hot weather, but a council officer said “one person’s idea of an acceptable dress code could be very different to another person’s”.
One cabby said: “We have recently experienced temperatures in the mid to late 30s and often have to sit in our vehicles on the taxi ranks for up to an hour at a time in the full sun. We cannot leave our vehicles to seek the shade as this is against council regulations, so wearing shorts is essential.”
Another driver said: “Not allowing shorts after this spell of weather is pathetic, petty and vindictive.”
The officer responded: “One driver’s idea of an acceptable pair of shorts may be unacceptable to a person travelling in a licensed vehicle and may make them feel uncomfortable. This is intended to provide a standard condition where no member of the public travelling in a licensed vehicle is made to feel uncomfortable by a driver whose choice of shorts (or other clothing) may be inappropriate and make them feel uncomfortable.
“The dress code, whilst subjective in manner, is there to encourage drivers to convey a professional appearance, thereby improving the confidence of the public in choosing licensed vehicles as a preferred form of transportation.”