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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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Minicab drivers will still be 'routinely' checked

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:

The deregulation bill will not put taxi passengers at risk, and drivers will still have their backgrounds routinely checked.

These measures are tried and tested in London and have made life easier for passengers as well as drivers and their families.

– A Department for Transport spokesman

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