Fare's fair as Hawaiian shirts and flip flops off the menu for Maidstone taxi drivers
Taxi driver Russell
Talliss models the latest fashion on the streets
Scruffy taxi drivers in Maidstone could be told to smarten up
under a new dress code.
Councillors are considering introducing the voluntary guide for
all licensed cabbies in order to set a better impression to
A draft “driver’s dress code” bans flipflops and sandals without
backs, sportswear, short shorts, clothing with offensive language
or with logos and anything dirty or ripped.
"The majority are quite respectfully dressed, but some of the larger people have a problem to get the clothes they require" – taxi boss Dennis Conyon
Chairman of Maidstone
Taxi Proprietors’ Association Dennis Conyon said it was just a
small minority who were not well turned out.
“There have never been any complaints from members of the public
– it was just something the council wished to do.
“The majority are quite respectfully dressed, but some of the
larger people have a problem to get the clothes they require,” he
Mr Conyon is generally happy with the dress code and added: “We
live in a different world now.
“I’m 78 years of age and when I was a cab driver it was a tie
and shirt, but times have changed.”
The report submitted to the council’s licensing committee says
acceptable clothing includes shirts, tops covering the shoulders
which are also long enough to be tucked into trousers, shorts and
footwear which fits around the heel.
For women taxi drivers this also includes knee-length
The report states: “The purpose of a driver’s dress code is to
seek a minimum standard of dress that provides a positive image of
the Hackney carriage and private hire trade in Maidstone, enhances
a professional image of licensed drivers and ensures that public
and driver safety is not compromised.”
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