With the figure of the taxi driver being one of responsibly licensing should be tight, ensuring the roads of the UK are filled with professional drivers that practice within the pentameters of the law.
However, in recent times we have seen some ill practice, with licencing needing to be tighter in the opinion of Derby councillors. Having located failings in the City Council’s taxi licensing system things need to be changed quickly. According to the auditors oversights have led to criminals who committed “hate crime, harassment, intimidation and made improper comments to young women” gaining badges.
Councillor Baggy Shanker, in charge of city licensing, said:
“In May 2015 we began an overhaul of taxi licensing. It was clear that the widespread failings that were brought to light in Rotherham (where drivers were convicted of abusing vulnerable girls) must never be repeated elsewhere.
“We know people (in areas outside Derby) are exploiting or using taxis to ferry people across towns and cities and, in cases, abusing young vulnerable children. We want to make sure we prevent that as much as we can.
Directly blaming the system Shanker explains that these issues can be found on our doorsteps.
“There were individuals in Derby who were granted licences and should not have been given them.”
Putting the people on charge of this revolution, Shanker wants passengers to have their say, rebuilding the licensing process to cement safety on our streets.
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