New taxi laws could let sex offenders drive cabs, critics have said » National Taxi Association

New taxi laws have been criticised as they could open the door for ‘rapists to drive cabs’. Critics have said the Government’s Deregulation Bill, which will be debated in the Lords next month, could permit anyone to drive a licensed vehicle without going through a council vetting process. The proposals come as the full extent of taxi drivers’ involvement in the Rotherham child abuse scandal – in which some victims were raped in cabs after being picked up outside schools – continues to emerge. Under deregulation, a licensed driver could operate outside his area and enforcement officers in that area would not be able to check if he has been vetted. Rachel Griffin, director of personal safety campaign group the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, said: “The changes are going to put people across the country in real danger as they will make it much easier for someone with a past of violence ...

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