ACTION has been taken against out-of-zone Aberdeenshire taxi drivers picking up trade in the city centre.
Aberdeen City Council has received reports of claims that the drivers are picking up trade from city ranks.
Taxis registered in Aberdeenshire are not permitted to seek out trade from city centre taxi ranks.
In a letter to members of the city council’s Taxi Consultation Group, which is made up of driver representatives and councillors, a city council spokesman stated: “Reports are still being received from city drivers relating to Aberdeenshire taxis plying for trade in Aberdeen.”
He added: “These reports are still passed to Aberdeenshire Council for enforcement action, however the Aberdeen city enforcement officer has interviewed the owners of two licensed taxi businesses and having pointed out clearly how they must operate, has received assurances that their drivers will cease to operate illegally.”
The city council spokesman also stated that since a prior meeting with the Taxi Consultation Group, substantially fewer reports have been received.
Self-employed taxi driver Andrew Slessor said that he believes Bridge of Don is one area Aberdeenshire taxi drivers have been using to pick up trade.
He said: “It is a problem in the Bridge of Don because it’s one of the closest points to Aberdeenshire.
“If we see anything we report it but also take it upon ourselves to approach the drivers and tell them.”