Coun Taylor hit trouble when he was trying to book a taxi to pick up him and Henry from his mum’s office and drive them back to Mirfield.
“We rang lots of taxi companies in Huddersfield and not one would take a dog and me,” Coun Taylor said.
“None of them would bring him home so I had to come home by myself and leave the dog. He was crying and he was howling when I left him.”
Coun Kath Taylor’s colleague had to take the dog home later that day.Which is fine, if you have relatives or friends with cars. Not so fine if you don't, or if it's an emergency, as the councillor points out.
Nor was he just unlucky.
That night, Coun Taylor rang 30 taxi companies asking if they would take his dog to the vets, and only two agreed.I hope he's noted down those two for future reference. And I hope they grow and thrive due to the extra business thrown their way...
“What happens if you’ve not got a car and your dog has a heart attack in the middle of the night?” Coun Taylor said.
The law says that taxi drivers should allow pets unless they have a reasonable excuse, but Akooji Badat from the Kirklees Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Associations, said it was at driver’s discretion.
“I don’t have a problem taking dogs,” he said.Now, clearly, this will be pooh-poohed as a minor matter to worry about, by the non-pet-lovers and the diversity approvists.
But I can't be the only one for whom it rings warning bells, surely?
""And I hope they grow and thrive due to the extra business thrown their way...""
So do I. Competition is far better than government legislation
Would this be the same 'religion of peace' people who have a problem with guide dogs?
Akooji Badat from the Kirklees Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Associations
I think that may be a pointer to the root of the problem (though his particular response is ok)
@ The Doctor
It's quite endearing.
Akooji kooji koo!
TBQH, I think the "heart attack in the middle of the night" scenario is quite contrived.
Do what other people in this country would do and call an ambulance.
"So do I. Competition is far better than government legislation"
But competition can only thrive in a true multicultural environment. Make it a MONOcultural one, and you've got problems.
"Do what other people in this country would do and call an ambulance."
I wish you were joking, but I've seen those 999 calls!
To operate a Private Hire Taxi firm, a licence is required from the local authority. What sort of questions are put to the appoicants? If they won't take dogs, they don't get a licence. Simple. Personal, racial or religious preferences should not apply.
At taxi ranks the 6th century say they are "allergic" when they spot the hound. There is normally 1 in 50 who will be a Sikh and not have a problem with dogs. When challenged, they look at you like you are faeces. we dont drive and got so fed up with this bullshit, we decided to live on a boat. :)
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