May 2019 | www.taxi-point.co.uk | 43
Private Hire firm that only allows female drivers and female passengers denied licence on the grounds of sexism against men Image: Public Domain Pictures
Glasgow City Council have thrown out a proposal to have a private hire firm which only uses female drivers and female passengers because councillors said it was “sexism” against men.
Councillor Robert Connelly added: “It is essentially sexism towards males. It doesn’t sit right with me.”
Ms Welsh was hoping to use her tenement flat as a booking office and has vowed to not give up in her Margo Welsh attempted to get an operators licence to quest to her granted an operators licence. start Rosy and Pink Cars, which she says there is a As reported in the Evening Times, Ms Welsh said: “I market for and came up with the concept after seeing was a wee bit intimidated, I felt they were laughing, the amount of sex attacks that are reported in the that my idea was ludicrous.” industry. She went on to add that she doesn’t feel the concept is Welsh said: “there’s definitely a need for this. Loads of discriminatory towards men and stressed that she has taxi companies are predominately male. It’s another spoken to many people about the idea, including option for women. beauticians, women at the supermarket and even “I spoke to my family who said do you want to be firemen, one of which said he would rather his driving men around at night? I wanted to be taking daughter catch a ride with a female driver. grannies to bingo and kids to school, rather than a stag Ms Welsh faced criticism from councillors for securing do.” a private hire car licence herself, only not to use it or Alex Wilson, licensing convener, said: “if it was the hand it back as required. other way round we would be looking at discrimination Bailie John Kane said: “You’ve not even bothered against females. reading your terms and conditions.” Ms Welsh “The whole not picking up male passengers is a admitted that was an “oversight”, when she couldn’t concern to me. I don’t think we should discriminate at afford the insurance. all.”
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