THURROCK Council has taken action after investigating a report that a Thurrock taxi mini-bus drove with its side door open with a number of children being transported inside.
A concerned person snapped a photo of what appears to be a taxi driving up Hogg Lane in Grays on a Tuesday morning in July.
Speaking today (Wednesday 14 September), Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill said: "The Council has conducted an investigation regarding the picture which was circulated on social media that appeared to show a taxi in motion with its door open."
The vehicle was being used to transport children home from school.
He added: "Using all evidence made available, the investigation concluded the individual who was sat in the rear of the taxi, supervising the passengers, will no longer be involved in any council school transport contracts."
No action has been taken against the driver of the vehicle as it is believed the taxi was stopped at the safest and earliest opportunity to close the door.
Thurrock Council will puts the safety of its residents first and takes allegations of this nature extremely seriously. The Council would encourage anybody with any similar concerns to raise them direct by e-mailing email@example.com