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Car 2000 i Rochdale forteller at mange kunder ber om hvite sjåfører etter at det ble kjent at to av sjåførene i Eagles Taxis hadde vært i sentrum for grooming-skandalen.

Ifølge websiden til Car 2000 så er alle deres taxisjåfører nå DBS-godkjent. DBS-godkjennelse er et rent rulleblad – pluss ekstra relevant informasjon fra det lokale politiet. Det er altså ikke nok å ikke ha blitt dømt for å bli DBS-sertifisert. DBS-sertifisering kreves av alle som jobber med barn og andre sårbare grupper i Storbritannia.

Idag foreligger det to nivåer for DBS i England og Wales:

  • Standard disclosures: discloses all convictions, cautions, final warnings and reprimands (that are not protected) held on the Police National Computer, regardless of whether they are spent or not.
  • Enhanced disclosures: also discloses all convictions, cautions, final warning and reprimands (that are not protected) held on the Police National Computer. Enhanced disclosure may also reveal local police information (e.g. details of allegations, arrests, not guilty verdicts etc.) that is felt to be relevant to the job.

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Overraskende nok har kommunen latt sjåfør-silingen passere: 

Simon Danczuk, the town’s Labour MP, branded the development ‘extremely worrying’ but the council said Car 2000 was doing nothing wrong.
Mark Widdup, of Rochdale Council, said: ‘There is currently nothing in the conditions of their licence which state that they cannot operate such a policy, just as some firms choose to offer customers only female drivers. 
Rochdale ledes fremdeles av Labour (kommunerådet består av 16 Labourkandidater og 3 konservative), men Ukip pustet dem i nakken ved siste by-election og manglet bare 618 stemmer for å få en MP.
 
Eieren av taxiselskapet, Stephen Campbell, uttalte til The Guardian:
 
 ‘We have had quite a lot of customers requesting what they call a local driver. A bit insane if you consider that most of the [Asian] lads were born in Rochdale. But it’s a business and we have got a duty to do what the customer asks us to.
Campbells far kjøpte Eagles Taxis i 2011. Bare måneder senere oppdaget de at de befant seg midt oppe i grooming-skandalen.

Mr Campbell said around 20 drivers had left Eagle Taxis after the two drivers were prosecuted. He added: ‘One of them got a knife held to his throat, one of them had his car smashed up.’

Mr Campbell said the exodus cost him an estimated £40,000 – 30 per cent of the firm’s annual profit: ‘It was devastating.’

He said: ‘The Asian drivers are harder working, they do what they are asked and they don’t complain about it. If the public could actually see these [Asian] people close up and see what they are about, I don’t think they would be asking for white drivers.»

De to arresterte pakistanerne i Eagles Taxis var Mohammed Amin (sjåfør i 14 år) og Abdul Aziz. De ble dømt for henholdvis 5 og 9 år.

“We were dead centre at the centre of that debacle. We bought the business knowing nothing,” said Campbell. “If you had lived through the 18 months that I went through you would understand how difficult it has been,” he said.

Campbell forteller at de mottar omlag 60 bestillinger av taxi med hvit sjåfør i uken.

Daily Mail  The Guardian