Today the Evening News runs an article Councillors' £3k taxi bill despite free bus passes. It lists the taxi claims of each councillor over the past two years (table not in the online version) and highlights a call by Cllr Alison Johnstone (Green) not to use taxis because public transport is available.
That gives me the opportunity to note that it is perfectly reasonable for a busy councillor to use taxis where they will make him or her more productive. Particularly where a councillor has a demanding post the use of taxis can enable him or her to use their time and ability more efficiently and he or she should have no hesitation in claiming from public funds for genuine public service. It is to be expected that the conveners of busy committees should have larger bills than others.
The point is to get good value for the public pound and to carp and complain about the use of taxis in principle is shortsighted and unrealistic.
Correction: Paul has rightly pointed out that I did claim for two taxi fares in the summer of 2008. I checked the last year but not the year before. Apologies. CR