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.
More top news
Thomas Cook chief executive Harriet Green is reportedly due to receive a personal bonus of £10.5m.
Some bright conditions this evening as the rain moves away followed by a mostly dry but cloudy day tomorrow.
TOWIE star Mark Wright has tied the knot with Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan at a lavish ceremony in Bury St Edmunds.