Taxi abuse fears lead to call for red tape rethink » National Taxi Association

Taxi abuse fears lead to call for red tape rethink » National Taxi Association

FEARS of sexual abuse by Yorkshire taxi drivers should halt Government plans to cut red tape in the industry, an MP has said. Julian Smith has urged the Government to halt legislation which would make it easier for unchecked drivers to pick up fares amid concerns the abuse seen in Rotherham maybe more widespread than initially thought. Mr Smith told MPs: “I urge the Government to look one more time at the provisions in the Deregulation Bill, which is currently before the Lords. In northern towns such as Skipton, taxis have been a key part of the problem of child sexual exploitation.” Concerns were raised by the Skipton and Ripon MP after he carried out his won research into abuse in Yorkshire following the jay report. Mr Smith said he did not uncover any specific allegations but came across many generalised abuse issues, including licensing concerns regarding the taxi indu...

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