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Dress code and smoking ban for taxi drivers in Moray

A dress code for taxi drivers is to be introduced in Moray.

Drivers will also be banned from smoking while they are parked at a rank and required to undergo language and knowledge tests as part of their licensing application.

The moves follow a review and consultation by Moray Council's licensing committee.

Specific details of the dress code will be announced later.

Members of the public, the taxi trade, local organisations, Police Scotland and other interested parties were consulted.

The review found that 60% favoured the introduction of a dress code for drivers to create a "smart, clean and tidy impression".

A restriction on smoking was backed by 67% of respondents, while 96% supported the introduction of a language test.

Licensing committee chairman Ron Shepherd said: "The changes which will be implemented are in line with the feedback we received."

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