A taxi firm is under investigation after children claimed that the driver left them alone in his car and went in a masjid to pray while on school duty.
The taxi driver of Tiger Taxis which is located in Clitheroe, left the children aged 12 to 14 in the taxi and went to pray in a masjid on Friday at 1pm. If proved he will be charged with negligence.
He was taking the children to Burnley from Coal Clough Academy.
Lancashire County Council has contracted Tiger Taxis to provide transport to the schoolchildren.
When the taxi driver was driving the children to their homes, he allegedly received a phone call from a friend who asked him to go and pray, as it was prayer time while the children waited in the car.
When they reached Nelson the driver stopped next to a mosque and went in to pray while the children waited in the car for around 15 minutes.
Paul Jackson, 44, one of the child’s father from Kelbrook, Barnoldswick, said that his son was over 30 minutes late that day.
I was furious when I found out that my 13-year-old boy was left alone in the car, Paul Jackson added.
He said: “It’s highly unacceptable and unsafe to leave children alone in a car.”
Kelbrook is about 30 minutes in car from the academy.
Paul Jackson who works at Roof Rangers Ltd has demanded the driver to be fired after the incident.
He said: “I want to see an apology from Lancashire County Council and for them to sack the company because they are responsible for this.”
Coal Clough Academy has forwarded the issue to County Hall.
A spokesman from Coal Clough Academy said: “We have been made aware of the issue and escalated it to Lancashire County Council who organise transport on our behalf and they are dealing with it in the appropriate way.”
The allegations of Mr Jackson will now be investigated by Lancashire County Council.
A spokesman said: “I can confirm that we have been made are aware of an issue which we are currently investigating.”
Burnley Cllr Tony Martin, who administers of the area, said if the allegations are true and the driver is found guilty he should be reprimanded.
He said: “I hope a thorough investigation is taking place and if that is the case make sure they are reprimanded.
“It’s about the safety of the children, which is paramount.”
Tiger Taxis has declined to comment on the allegation.