TAXI companies could face tougher licensing regimes in an effort to tackle child sexual exploitation in places like Rotherham, a transport minister has suggested.
John Hayes said current regulations were “being gamed”, amid concerns that taxis which fail to obtain licences in places with tighter controls are still able to get one elsewhere and return.
“I think where a local authority tightens sometimes neighbouring local authorities adopt a more permissive regime”, Mr Hayes told MPs at transport questions this morning.
“I want to introduce new guidance and I want greater consistency in the way that the licences are issued.
“This has to be about public safety, security and well-being. We really do have to take action.”
Taxis to face tougher licensing regime in wake of child sex scandal in Rotherham
Taxis will face tougher licensing regimes amid concerns that current standards are undermining efforts to tackle child sexual exploitation in places like Rotherham, a transport minister has said.
John Hayes said the system ‘is being gamed’, given that taxis which fail to obtain licences in places with tight controls can get one elsewhere and operate in other areas.
His comments came after concerns were raised by Sheffield MP Clive Betts, chairman of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, and shadow minister Cat Smith.
Mr Betts told MPS that some taxi drivers in Rotherham played a part in the child sexual exploitation scandal in Rotherham, where 1,400 children were abused by men of predominantly Pakistani heritage while authorities failed to act.