At High Gear we are incredibly passionate about safety in the industry, keeping up-to-date with current changes and concerns. This week passenger safety has again been the focus for many, with council representatives of Northern England eager to create awareness.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, has joined forced with South Tyneside Council leader, Iain Malcolm; this week signing a letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP. In a mission to safeguard taxi passengers these individuals are focused on the current law. At present, it is possible for both a private hire and a hackney carriage driver to be refused a licence by a local authority then go to another and be accepted, a law that these two wish to change in order to protect passengers.
Vera Baird QC, said: “There is only one chance to get it right and in the interests of safeguarding, no-one with a sexual or indecency offence should be driving a taxi. The government needs to get this sorted, quickly.”
Coun Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “This needs tightened up, the same rules should be applied in every area – then we will all have confidence in the rules being used to grant licences.”
Supported by Chief Constable of Northumbria Police Steve Ashman it seems that this subject has got many rethinking the current guidelines surrounding the industry, with many calling for stricter attitudes towards the issuing of licences.
Let us know what you think, does the law need to be revised or should be place more faith in the decisions made my local councils? Leave your comments with us.