Girvan firm loses taxi licence

A taxi firm in Girvan has had its licence suspended with immediate effect after their vehicles continually failed inspections.

Paddy’s Taxis, one of the main operating firms in the town for a number of years saw their private hire vehicle licence suspended by the council’s regulatory licensing panel at a meeting on Thursday, February 19 at the County Buildings in Ayr.

Licence holder Ellen Moran was asked to explain herself in front of councillors after her vehicles had already failed previous inspections by the council. Before the licensing board meeting, it is believed one vehicle that the firm had on the roads had already been deemed unsafe for use by the council.

The meeting heard from Mrs Moran but decided after hearing all the evidence that they had no option but to suspend her licence with immediate effect.

The Gazette understands that the company’s vehicles had failed previous council inspections.

The news will come as a blow to the six drivers who the firm has working for them and rely on their contract for their livelihood.

Under the terms of the suspension, the firm will not be allowed to carry out any school contracts.

It is also understood that the licence holder might not be able to re-apply for a new licence for up to a period of 12 months due to the numerous failed inspections.

When contacted by the Carrick Gazette yesterday Mrs Moran declined to comment apart from to say : “I am very upset that six people are now out of work.”

The Gazette understands though that she is currently looking at legal options as a result of the suspension decision last week.

The firm are one of the most well used and well known in Girvan.