Plans to increase safety of taxi and minicab passengers

All taxi and minicab drivers could have to pass enhanced criminal record checks under Government plans to protect vulnerable passengers.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a consultation on new licensing guidelines for councils.

The proposed measures include recommending that every local authority ensures drivers have an enhanced criminal record and background check before they can operate.

Taxis minister Nusrat Ghani said: “While the vast majority of drivers are safe and act responsibly, we have seen too many cases where taxi and minicab drivers have used their job to prey on vulnerable people…
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