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:
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.’
‘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.
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.