COUNCILLORS have refused to reinstate the licence of a taxi driver who allegedly made inappropriate sexual comments to passengers.

The unnamed driver applied to BCP Council to be able to operate in the conurbation but his bid was rejected at a meeting in July.

Details of the decision have only just been published with the application considered by councillors behind closed doors.

According to the minutes of the July 29 meeting, councillors agreed there was “insufficient evidence” to demonstrate that the driver was of “fit and proper character” to be given a new licence.

“The sub-committee agreed, in the intervening period since the court finding in 2017, that the driver still took the view that he had done nothing wrong,” the minutes say.

“[Councillors] based their decision on the written evidence provided prior to the meeting and verbal representations provided at the meeting.”

Reviews of taxi drivers’ licences by BCP Council are considered by councillors but not in public because “they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information”.