The âNo-Smoking in your place of workâ ban.
An entirely unproven risk to potential passengers from the alleged second hand smoke that might be present in a taxi where a smoker has once sat on the seat is to be prevented by this ban.
Instant action â East Dunbartonshire Council has a fleet of inspectors on hand to crackdown on cabbies for failing to display a no smoking sign. They are ready and willing to give them an âon the spotâ Â£200 fine for failing to comply.
Councillor Dempsey added: âIt is important that the public knows we are taking this issue seriously [..]
The danger to children of being unwittingly in the presence of a serial sex offender.
A proven danger.
Delayed action â East Dunbartonshire Council was told 18 months ago That Stephen Calderwood had 31 past convictions and an unproven allegation of rape against a 12 year old girl. They reluctantly took his driverâs badge away. â However, and it is a big however, they allowed the company he owned, âGreat Western Taxisâ to continue with its council contract to supply taxis to 10 local primary schools.
The police had raised his string of convictions several times over the years when council chiefs renewed his contract, to no avail. After the latest allegation failed to stop him holding this contract, Police chiefs made a personal visit to the council HQ carrying a dossier of all known allegations against Calderwood.
Calderwoodâs âGreat Western Taxis Ltdâ was dissolved last November.
Great Western Taxis (Bearsden) Ltd now run the business known as âGreat Western Taxisâ in East Dunbartonshire â with the same phone number.
Mr Calderwood must be a non-smoker, 31 past convictions for failing to display a non-smoking sign would have had him locked up in jail and the key thrown away by now.