Taxi and private hire drivers to face enhanced checks


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All taxi and personal rent drivers might need to move enhanced prison document checks underneath authorities proposals.

The Division for Transport has launched a session on new licensing tips to higher defend weak passengers.

Final 12 months a authorities report discovered that the legal guidelines regulating drivers weren’t “match for the fashionable world”.

The session will even take into account whether or not cabs and personal rent autos needs to be fitted with CCTV.

Any video recording programs can be encrypted in order that footage might solely be accessed if a criminal offense was reported.

The federal government additionally stated it will introduce nationwide minimal requirements for drivers.

This would come with establishing a nationwide licensing database and doubtlessly stopping drivers from working tons of of miles away from the place they have been licensed.

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Underneath the present system, somebody who’s denied a taxi licence by an area authority in England and Wales can journey to a different space the place the licensing authority could also be extra lenient.

The session will run till 22 April.

Taxis minister Nusrat Ghani stated: “Whereas the overwhelming majority of drivers are protected and act responsibly, we now have seen too many circumstances the place taxi and minicab drivers have used their job to prey on weak folks, girls and kids.

“These guidelines would guarantee that drivers are match to hold passengers, conserving folks protected whereas stopping these with dangerous intentions from getting behind the wheel of a taxi or minicab.”

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The proposals comply with the case of “black cab rapist” John Worboys, who police consider could have carried out greater than 100 rapes and sexual assaults on girls he picked up in his cab in London between 2002 and 2008.

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He was jailed in 2009 for 19 offences together with rape, sexual assault and drugging his victims and his case made headlines after the Excessive Court docket overturned the choice of the Parole Board to launch him after 10 years of his sentence.

Final 12 months it emerged that taxi licences have been being issued behind closed doorways to drivers convicted of offences together with baby intercourse crimes and reckless driving.

In the mean time a licensing authority, akin to a council, has to determine if somebody is “match and correct” earlier than granting a taxi or non-public rent licence.

Though some steering has been revealed, there aren’t any authorized guidelines on the right way to decide whether or not somebody is “match and correct individual”.

The DfT stated new tips can be constant throughout the nation.

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