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
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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
Vehicle manufacturers using ever-darker privacy glass in the rear windows of new cars has caused Sheffield City Council to reconsider its policy on tinted windows in taxis and private hire vehicles. Under the council’s current taxi licensing policy, vehicles must … Continue reading
A taxi driver ruled unfit to carry passengers by one council was allowed to continue working in a neighbouring area despite having been accused of waiting in his cab outside a swimming pool wearing only his underpants. Gurpal Atwal, 46, … Continue reading
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
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
From The Times’s Andrew Norfolk, Chief Investigative Reporter, for whom we have a great deal of regard here. Rik “Councils have been accused of putting public safety at risk by handing out thousands of licences to taxi drivers from across the … Continue reading