Swansea taxi drivers say claims they dress like ‘tramps & scarecrows’ are unjustified
CITY taxi drivers have put the brakes on claims they aren't doing enough for their customers.
The Post reported earlier this week on accusations cabbies in Swansea looked like a collection of "tramps and scarecrows" and that a code of conduct should be introduced to raise standards.
But drivers in the city have hit back — claiming the vast majority of taxis are clean and tidy and drivers do a good job.
Lloyd Williams, aged 26, who has worked as a taxi driver for four years said: "It is ridiculous, what difference would it make?
"A guy has had a bad experience with one taxi driver in the city, and we are all tarred with the same brush, it's ridiculous.
"We all look out for each other when we are out and about and we have just laughed it off basically."
Kevin White, from Winch Wen, said: "I read the story and the boys have been on about it.
"Customers don't have to get into a taxi if they don't want too, if it isn't clean or they don't like the driver.
"We are okay, there are one or two which need doing up.
"If drivers were earning a better living cars would be renewed more often.
"Business is very poor. The Saturday after pay day we get a bit extra and at Christmas but that will stop come January."
Cabbie of 20 years of experience, Peter Banks, added: "I think we should be making the right impression, when people get off at the station drivers are the first people you see.
"One or two drivers might not be too helpful but you get that everywhere.
"I like to think we do a good job generally.
"It is like the Swansea Cardiff game on Sunday, the vast majority of fans are good but it only takes one or two to spoil it."
The story has provoked a huge response on the Post's Facebook page with more than 90 comments left on the story.
Karen Hopkins wrote: "My husband is a taxi driver and is always dressed immaculate and keeps his car clean. You get slobs in every job so don't just slate taxi drivers, if you don't like the way the driver looks then don't get in the taxi, simple as that."