TAXI drivers have been ordered to turn down “sexual favours” from their fares after a randy cabbie had his licence taken off him when he was caught having sex in the back of his car.
The red-faced driver was taken off the roads by licensing chiefs after being caught in an uncompromising position with a passenger.
The issue came to light at a recent meeting of Hartlepool Council’s public protection department, and all taxi firms across Hartlepool have now been asked to remind their drivers of the standards expected of them.
The Mail understands the incident happened outside of a woman’s home as she was being dropped off after a night out in December.
After an investigation was carried out and the driver admitted his misdemeaneour, he was stripped of his licence in January.
One driver, who wished to remain anonymous, said it is not uncommon for drunken passengers to offer sexual favours to cabbies when the realise they don’t have enough cash to pay their fares after a night out.
But in the letter from the council, all drivers have been warned that they could be stripped of their badges if they are caught with their pants down.
The letter was sent out after the Vehicle Owners Annual General Meeting, which took place on February 11.
It read: “I would draw your attention to one particular issue which was discussed at the AGM - the issue of what would constitute unacceptable behaviour by a taxi driver.
“A driver had his licence revoked for having sex with a passenger in the back of his vehicle.
“I would ask you to ensure that any driver that works for you fully understands that any sexual contact with a passenger is unacceptable and is likely to result in the revocation of their licence.”
And in a no-nonsense message to the cabbies, the letter finished with: “Any offers of sexual favours must be politely refused.”
The anonymous cabbie added: “It’s not uncommon for some of the lasses to offer the drivers things other than a fare when they make their way home from a night out.
“We see some right states when the pubs are closing, and it’s getting to the stage where we have to ask them if they have enough money to pay the fare before we set off to avoid any embarrassment later on.
“I’ve heard a few tales like this one, but never known anyone who has had their licence taken off them for it.
“Normally this type of request gets laughed off by the drivers, but obviously temptation got the better of one of the lads!”
A spokesman for Hartlepool Council said: “We can confirm that a taxi driver has had his licence revoked after admitting having sex in his vehicle.
“Hartlepool Council expects the highest possible standards from taxi drivers and they have a vital role in protecting the public whilst carrying out their work. We have written to all taxi drivers in the town to remind them that we will not tolerate such behaviour and any sexual contact with a passenger is likely to result in their licence being revoked.”