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
Loudspeakers at the border have been switched off as a gesture of goodwill ahead of a meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea.
Liam Colgan vanished on February 10 while celebrating his brother’s stag-do in the German city.
Salah Abdeslam and an accomplice were handed the maximum sentence permissible over the incident in March 2016.