This article came about via a conversation I had with another driver recently regarding the door decals, I was telling him that my wife was less inclined to drive the Taxi now that it had the decals fitted, as she didn’t want there to be any likelihood of her being hailed whilst driving it, (the roof sign is always removed when she drives).
He informed me (mistakenly as it happens) that she will no longer be able to drive it once my insurance was renewed as named drivers were now prohibited on Taxi insurance policies, (this it seems is not true and named drivers are still allowed for social and domestic use).
However this got me thinking as to whether or not it would be a good thing if the rule as he had stated was applied (no named drivers on Taxi insurance)
1- It would drive home the fact that a Taxi is a Taxi and may only be used as a Taxi and driven by Taxi drivers.
2- It would remove any temptation a “named driver” may have to operate a Taxi.
3- It would force those whose partners use the Taxi for other purposes to purchase a second vehicle (I realise this would be a huge financial burden) but would inevitably be a good thing for the Taxi industry.