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Relaxing minicabs rules 'would put public at risk'

Loosening the rules around minicab licenses will place the public at risk, local councils are warning. A bill travelling through Parliament would make it "impossible" for councils to properly check cab drivers, the Local Government Association said.

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Councils warn against relaxing minicab rules

Easing the laws around minicab licensing would put the public at risk, according to local councils.

Councils have warned the relaxed laws would let more dangerous drivers on the roads for longer. Credit: PA

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.

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