Taxi licences are being issued behind closed doors to drivers convicted of offences including child sex crimes and reckless driving, the Local Democracy Reporting Service has revealed.
The findings follow a government report that claims current taxi and private hire laws are “not fit for the modern world”.
According to the report, rules need tightening on everything from CCTV use in taxis to criminal record checks.
Some existing laws date back to 1847.
In most areas licences for taxis and private hire vehicles – or minicabs – are issued by unitary, borough or district councils. In London the system is managed by Transport for London.
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