Police commissioner Lloyd fears rise in sex attacks if taxi regulation is ‘swept away’ » National Taxi Association

Police commissioner Lloyd fears rise in sex attacks if taxi regulation is ‘swept away’ » National Taxi Association

Plans to cut red tape for taxi and private hire drivers could lead to rise in sex attacks, police commissioner Tony Lloyd has warned. A cross-party group of police commissioners, led by Mr Lloyd, have joined forces to urge the Government to remove ‘dangerous’ measures in the Deregulation Bill currently going through parliament. In Manchester the livery of private hire taxis and regulation were improved following the 1996 murder of student Rachel Thacker in the city by a bogus cabbie Duncan Bermingham. Mr Lloyd said: “Taxi regulation reform is long overdue, but this is not the way to go about it. The current system is far from perfect, but at least there are safeguards there which mean people can have confidence that when they get into a marked private hire vehicle it is genuine and being driven by a licensed operator. “Taking these safeguards away opens the prospect of a p...

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