Pledge to look at new taxi rules

By Dominic Robertson | Telford | News | Published:

The Transport Secretary has signalled that there could be tougher regulations coming for taxi drivers after concerns were raised at the way they are licensed.

Transport minister responds to call for changes to taxi licensing

Grant Shapps, who took on the post as Transport Secretary in Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle, was responding to calls from Telford & Wrekin Council for stricter rules on where taxi drivers obtain their licences.

Mr Shapps said there have been "too many cases where taxi and minicab drivers have used their job to prey on vulnerable people".

The Telford & Wrekin Council call had been sparked by a case involving a Telford taxi driver who was jailed last month for sexually assaulting a female passenger.

It emerged that the driver had not been licensed by Telford & Wrekin Council, and had instead secured his driver's permit in another council area.

The council wants the rules tightened up so that drivers can only work in the area where they obtain their licence.

Mr Schapps, said the government had been consulting on new measures and would announce its decision in the future.

He said: “We know that the vast majority of drivers are safe and act responsibly, but we have seen too many cases where taxi and minicab drivers have used their job to prey on vulnerable people.

“The Government has consulted on a wide range of measures including new driver safety standards and harnessing new technologies to ensure passenger safety, and will publish its response in due course.”

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