Taxi drivers appear to live a life that is very much involved with 'fart' so when a taxi driver told Dorset Police that he was speeding because his flatulent passengers were passing wind and making him miserable the police officers really should have done some research.

Instead, they rejected his excuse for speeding outright and then posted the excuse under the hashtag #nicetrydidntwork on Facebook.

Twitterati who love to post and meme about everything are very entertaining and farting taxi drivers are very often discussed on social media - in particular, British Taxi drivers.

Taxi drivers and farts are inextricably linked

Given that farts and taxi trips seem to be inextricably linked, the taxi driver really should be contesting his fine in court. The evidence of the hazards of flatulence in taxis is out there on social media for all the world to see. Most of the fart posts centre around the taxi drivers themselves being the perpetrators and the passengers falling victim to the passing of foul wind but It is not unknown for passengers to behave badly in taxis so this could very well have been a trio of passengers out to get revenge.

There should be a law against public transport and flatulence

Summersetlive UK reported the incident, saying that the driver's excuse was poor and "this has to be up there with one of the worst," but those who have taken the time to research flatulence on twitter will not agree.

There is a social ill in our society and it all happens on public transport. This needs to be addressed, and at least some kind of law needs to be passed against the deliberate air pollution in cabs and planes. This law should extend to the drivers themselves as well as commuters requiring their services.

Passengers should not be allowed to pass wind in taxis.

It can be downright dangerous. Witness this particular instance where a taxi driver risked his license that he relies on for an income, and risked the lives of others by speeding to get rid of the foul miasma. Surely there must be a judge somewhere who could sympathise with the driver and just let him off with a caution and an instruction to drive with a gas mask close to hand?

The reality is that the sad the taxi driver who probably won't get his day in court, now has to pay a fine knowing full well that his passengers won't stop giggling for about six weeks and that the Twitterati are immeasurably entertained at his expense.