Jeans and T-shirt ban for Plymouth hackney-cab drivers
Hackney-cab drivers in Plymouth have been banned from wearing jeans.
A meeting of the city council rubber-stamped new rules, which were approved by the cabinet last month.
The dress code is less restrictive than one originally proposed, but will still include a ban on denim trousers, open sandals and T-shirts.
Each driver must also attend an ambassador course as well as complete a spoken English test and a safeguarding workshop before April 2019.
Tracksuits and hooded jumpers will also be banned.
The new dress code, which applies to Hackney carriage drivers only, says "as a minimum standard" drivers should wear:
- Collared shirt, collared polo shirt or collared blouse which has a full body and short or long sleeves
- Smart long-legged trousers (no denim), knee-length tailored shorts, knee-length skirt or dress
- Footwear for all drivers shall fit around the heel of the foot
Drivers will also be banned from using e-cigarettes while they have passengers on board.
The new guidance says: "In order to maintain a pleasant environment for all passengers, the use of e-cigarettes or similar devices within the vehicle is prohibited while driving with a passenger."
Additionally, taxi drivers could have their taxi licence reviewed if they accumulate 12 penalty points or more for within a rolling period of 36 months.
Hackney driver Kevin Mann said he totally agreed with the spoken English test and most of the dress code.
"Driving in flip-flops is absolutely ridiculous and I agree with the ban on hoodies," he said.
"I'm not so sure with the ban on jeans - if the taxi breaks down or you've got to change a tyre you could ruin a good pair of trousers.
"All in all, though, I think it's okay."