The scandal of the rapist taxi driver supported by former mayor Subhan Shafiq has prompted cabbies to form an official Milton Keynes Taxi Association.
The association aims to improve communications with Milton Keynes Council and ensure private hire drivers have a proper code of conduct.
“We need to restore the trust of residents and avoid the fear brought about after taxi driver Nadeem Kiani was given a reference by the former councillor Subhan Shafiq,” said spokesman Rosemary Smith.
It will also give drivers a voice and protect from “bullying tactics” they claim have been used in the past by officials.
Head of the association is experienced taxi driver Denis Edwards. It has an elected secretary , treasurer and six committee members.
Said Rosemary; “All arecommitted to creating a positive future for what is after all one of the major parts of the transport structure of Milton Keynes.”
Chair Mr Edwards said: “I feel absolutely certain we can all look forward to a long and supportive relationship between our association and MK Council and win back residents’ trust.”
The association has already won the support of Councillor Catriona Morris, who heads the council’s taxi Regulatory Committee, and councillor David Nash, who is a member of the licensing committee.