Taxi licences issued to convicted criminals in private

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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 … Continue reading

Abuse scandals prompt rogue cabbie crackdown

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A purge on rogue minicab drivers will be launched after the child exploitation scandals in towns such as Rochdale and Rotherham. The Times understands that new legislation will create national standards to improve passenger safety. The Department for Transport (DfT) … Continue reading

Taxi scandal: transport ministers dismissed fears over cross-border licence rules

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Transport ministers have been accused of encouraging a “race to the bottom” in the taxi industry that threatens passenger safety. The criticism followed a Times investigation into lax regulation that allows thousands of cross-border minicab drivers to work in towns … Continue reading

Crack dealers, burglars and violent criminals driving taxis

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More from the Times investigation: Criminals with records of dealing crack, child abuse, assault and burglary have been given licences to work as taxi drivers in England’s second city. Birmingham city council, Europe’s largest local authority, released details under the … Continue reading