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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:34 pm 
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Parliament debate weaker taxi laws next week


The House of Lords will debate loosening the rules of taxi regulations next week.

On Wednesday (October 21) peers will consider a government bill to have fewer checks on cabbies and private hire drivers.

Taxi licence holders currently get checked every year, but the new rules would mean they are only reviewed every three years.

The Deregulation Bill and taxi amendments were voted on by MPs on June 23.

Earlier this year it emerged that Milton Keynes Council had given a private hire driver’s licence to a convicted rapist who had four separate convictions for serious sexual offences. The man has since handed in his licence and the council has tightened up its rules, while an internal investigation is being carried out.


http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/crim ... -1-6357521

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Very sad to see lies and rumour being spread

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Taxi licence holders currently get checked every year, but the new rules would mean they are only reviewed every three years.

Apart from Nigel do any of us get checked every year?

That will confuse the Bishop.

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Apart from Nigel do any of us get checked every year?

That will confuse the Bishop.


We renew our licenses every year - and we must do a stat dec each year - medical and CRB every three years

I am against the government on this, because I see the three year license as government removing a council power to issue a one year license.

I also think it will affect councils licensing income - we all know they shouldn't, but how many councils will simply work out the new license cost then multiply by three.

I think the government need to guide councils on how licensing income should be brought in, and what it can be spent on, rather than this thing.

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New minicab law 'would put women at risk'

Safety charities, the police and taxi drivers oppose coalition's proposed relaxation of rules

Ministers will come under fresh pressure this week not to ease rules on minicabs, a relaxation that safety campaigners say would endanger vulnerable women.

The Government has quietly dropped one of the controversial measures in its Deregulation Bill, clause 10, which would have allowed anyone, even without a private-hire licence, to drive a minicab when it is "off duty". The change could have enabled sexual predators to pass themselves off as taxi drivers.

Yet, with the bill set to be debated in the House of Lords this Tuesday, ministers are ploughing ahead with two other contentious measures: extending a minicab licence permit from one to two years, which opponents say would make it more difficult for councils to carry out checks on drivers; and a clause that would allow private-hire operators to subcontract a booking to another operator in a different local authority area.

Concerns about the licensing of private-hire taxis have been heightened by the Rotherham abuse scandal, as many of the abusers used minicabs to ferry their victims around the town.

The Shadow Transport Secretary, Mary Creagh, said it was important that the Government dropped the entire package of deregulation of private-hire licensing, because of the increased risk it could cause vulnerable women and girls. The Local Government Association (LGA) added: "Our own opinion polling shows that 80 per cent of women would be concerned if they booked a journey with one firm and a different one turned up."

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, 17 police and crime commissioners from all parties, the National Private Hire Association, the National Taxi Association, Rape Crisis and Women's Aid are all against the measures in the Bill.

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust says that sexual predators commonly pose as legitimate minicab drivers.

Ms Creagh said: "We welcome the Government's climbdown on their disastrous proposal to deregulate taxis, which would have put women's safety at risk. However, ministers are still pressing ahead with their risky plans to loosen taxi licensing and allow cabs to work out of area, which Labour, alongside safety charities, has opposed.

"Ministers need urgently to review these final two measures and we repeat our offer to work with them to get the rogues off the road."

In her report from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham, Alexis Jay concluded that "one of the common threats running through child sexual exploitation across England has been the prominent role of taxi drivers in being linked to children who were abused". She argued against any weakening of regulations.

After clause 10 was dropped last week, Ann Lucas, the chairman of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: "When people get into a taxi, they put their trust in the fact that the person driving the car has been vetted and licensed and that it is safe to be in a vehicle with them – especially if they are travelling alone. The Government should also now delete the two remaining taxi clauses in the Deregulation Bill."

The Government's clauses do not apply to London, where private-hire licensing is regulated by Transport for London.

source: http://www.independent.co.uk/

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extending a minicab licence permit from one to two years


Really?

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extending a minicab licence permit from one to two years


Really?



no not really - its worse than reality :lol: :lol:

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Really?

Journalist counting conundrum. They have no concept of "3".

They have never grasped the idea of " Private Hire".

When it comes to "licence/permit", why use one word when two will do (they can grasp the number " 2").

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Chris the Fish wrote:
toots wrote:
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extending a minicab licence permit from one to two years


Really?

Journalist counting conundrum. They have no concept of "3".

They have never grasped the idea of " Private Hire".

When it comes to "licence/permit", why use one word when two will do (they can grasp the number " 2").

But these journalists are being briefed by the brain dead that (with one or two exceptions) are currently leading are trade, or so they say. :sad:

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