A council has slapped a no-sex ban on its cabbies after one was caught romping with a passenger on his back seat.
The red-faced driver lost his licence after he was caught with his trousers down outside the woman’s house in December.
He had taken up her offer of sex instead of paying her fare – but it cost him his job with Hartlepool Council.
The North East authority has now sent a warning to all local taxi firms saying: “Any offers of sexual favours must be politely refused.”
The letter goes on: “I would draw your attention to one particular meeting which was discussed at the AGM – the issue of what would constitute unacceptable behaviour by a taxi driver.
“A driver had his licence revoked for having sex with a passenger in the back of his vehicle.
“I would ask you to ensure that any driver that works for you fully understands that any sexual contact with a passenger is unacceptable and is likely to result in the revocation of their licence.”
But one local cabbie said it was not uncommon for drunken passengers to flirt with cabbies when they realise they don’t have enough money to pay their fares.
He said: “It’s not uncommon for some of the lasses to offer the drivers things other than a fare when they make their way home from a night out.
“We see some right states when the pubs are closing, and its getting to the stage where we have to ask them if they have enough money to pay the fare before we set off to avoid any embarrassment later on.
“We heard a few tales like this one, but never known anyone who has had their licence taken off them for it.
“Normally this type of request gets laughed off by the drivers, but obviously temptation got the better of one of the lads!”
A spokesman for Hartlepool Council said: “We can confirm that a taxi driver has had his licence revoked after admitting having sex in his vehicle.
“Hartlepool Council expects the highest possible standards from taxi drivers and they have a vital role in protecting the public whilst carrying out their work.
“We have written to all taxi drivers in the town to remind them that we will not tolerate such behaviour and any sexual contact with a passenger is likely to result in their licence being revoked.”