Ministers have been urged to ‘act without delay’ to prevent a ‘damaging’ legal loophole from putting young people in Rotherham at risk in taxis.
Since the child sexual exploitation scandal in Rotherham was revealed in 2014, all taxi drivers in the town now have strict rules to adhere to, including having CCTV installed in their vehicles.
But the Communities and Local Government Committee said it is concerned that taxis licensed by other local authorities may still operate in Rotherham, even if the drivers have had their application for a Rotherham licence rejected.
MPs’ warning after abuse scandal over Rotherham taxi driver licensing loophole
MINISTERS should act without delay to prevent a “damaging” legal loophole from putting young and vulnerable people in Rotherham at risk, according to MPs.
Taxi loophole puts children at risk of abuse
Young people have been put at risk by a loophole allowing taxi drivers to work in Rotherham even if they have been rejected by the council, MPs have said.
Drivers licensed by other local authorities can work in the south Yorkshire town at the centre of a child sex abuse scandal exposed by The Times even if their application for a Rotherham licence is turned down.
MPs on the communities and local government committee urged Whitehall to prepare guidance in law over taxi licensing, which has been promised by ministers, “without delay”.