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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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LGA: Relaxed minicab license laws 'undermine progress'

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:

Councils fought hard for the reinstatement of enhanced criminal records checks for taxi and private hire drivers and these irresponsible plans threaten to undermine that progress and remove this vital protection for passengers.

The consequences for someone entering a vehicle marked for hire where the driver has not been properly licensed and vetted by the council can be severe. We should not increase the chances of that happening.

– Tony Page

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