Minicab drivers will still be "routinely" checked to make sure they are safe behind the wheel, despite a deregulation of licensing laws, the Government has said.
A Department for Transport spokesman said:
Plans to relax the laws around minicab licensing are "irresponsible" and "undermine progress", according to the Local Government Association (LGA).
The LGA's licensing spokesman Tony Page said:
Easing the laws around minicab licensing would put the public at risk, according to local councils.
Legislation travelling through Parliament would make it "impossible" for councils to properly check if cab drivers would be safe behind the wheel, said the Local Government Association (LGA).
Their concerns centre on clauses in the Deregulation Bill which the association says would permit anyone to drive a licensed vehicle.
The LGA also warned dangerous minicab drivers could more easily challenge reviews of their licenses after they had committed a traffic offence.
New laws mean it would be much easier for them to claim another driver was responsible.
The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents almost 400 councils in England and Wales, said social media operators such as Twitter and Facebook have a "responsibility" to display warnings over drinking craze Neknominate.
Twitter and Facebook should introduce warnings over the drinking game Neknominate, which has been linked to several deaths, councils across England and Wales have said.
The Local Government Association said prominent messages were needed on the websites about the dangers of the craze, which involves people filming themselves downing alcohol, nominating someone to continue the game, and posting the video on social media sites.
The Local Government Association said that with an existing £10.5 billion repair backlog for highways, the Government's Bellwin Scheme is not adequate funding to cover repairs caused by the severe weather, and local councils have been left with a "daunting trail of destruction."
Flood Recovery Minister Brandon Lewis said "the Government is now fully focused on helping those affected get back on their feet", adding that it was "providing over £3.4 billion in this Parliament and over £5.8 billion in the next for local highways maintenance."
The Local Government Association said the Prime Minister's proposals to allow councils to keep all of the cash brought in by business rates from fracking schemes was "a step in the right direction".
A spokesman for the councils' group said:
Local authorities are preparing for the worst this evening and will divert staff from their normal duties to help with emergency relief efforts if required, the Local Government Association said.
Emergency accommodation has been allocated for any families that may need to be evacuated from their homes, and highways teams are on standby to rescue stranded motorists and clean debris from roads.
The body that represents councils in England and Wales has warned that cuts to budgets will result in them "prioritising spending on some services at the expense of others".
Services expected to be prioritised include:
- Waste management
Services that could see cuts, or disappear altogether, include:
- Leisure and cultural facilities
- Road repairs
- Home building