A Hunt Has Been Launched For Man Using Mobility Scooter As Taxi

In Switzerland, you can use the aerial tramway to reach the second highest peak of the Zermatt-Cervinia area. If you ever visit Australia’s Blue Mountains, you can travel on the steepest incline railway – known as the Katoomba Funicular.

But you’ve never really known strange transportation until you’ve visited Torbay in Devon, where there’s a fella giving lifts to people on the back of his mobility scooter. What a guy.

We might joke, but in reality this is really unsafe. It’s also resulting in a lot of peeved taxi drivers who are being done out of money, because not only is this bloke travelling from pub to pub, he’s also charging.

He's driving around Torbay on his scooter giving up to five people lifts.
He’s driving around Torbay on his scooter giving up to five people lifts.

Now Torbay Council are keen to track him down after he’s been seen regularly passing Debenhams from around midnight onwards, charging drinkers for rides between pubs or for a lift home, reports Devon Live.

One infuriated taxi driver – who didn’t want to be named – said that he had seen around ‘five people hanging off the side’.

The taxi driver explained: “You see it zooming around the harbour area and Debenhams, charging around with flashing lights on – it has to be seen to be believed.”

The taxi driver said he can be seen regularly 'zooming' past Debenhams.
The taxi driver said he can be seen regularly ‘zooming’ past Debenhams.

He went on: “I saw about five people hanging off the side of it once. It is only supposed to take one person. I think he has put a mattress on it and he goes around from pub to pub picking up people and dropping them off. He charges for it too.

“He’s been doing it for a couple of months now. You see people jumping on it and hanging off the side. It’s incredible. It goes around 20mph and I bet he doesn’t have a licence. It is totally illegal.

“I know it sounds sad me saying all of this, but it is only a matter of time before someone falls off or gets hurt.”

He continued: “He is not a taxi but he has a taxi sign on it. I don’t think he has a licence and I’ll bet he doesn’t have insurance either.

“We have to pay for licensing and things like that. Complaints have been made by other drivers but nobody has done anything about it. If they’re not going to do anything then I might as well get one myself!”

Torbay Council said they are aware of the complaints.
Torbay Council said they are aware of the complaints.

In a statement to Devon Live, a spokesperson for Torbay Council said: “With regard to licensing terms, the owner of the scooter would only be committing an offence if picking up passengers for hire or reward, for example charging a fare for doing so.

“We are aware of the complaints and officers have been out during night time hours on a Friday and Saturday to investigate these.

“They were unable to find the scooter and, with no proof being provided as to any alleged unlawful action, it has not been possible to assess whether an offence is being committed.

“Observations will continue, but we can only take action if we have evidence to do so, which at the moment we don’t.”

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