Taxi drivers dodge district’s strict safety checks by exploiting legal loophole » National Taxi Association

Stuart Hastings, boss of taxi firm Metro Keighley TAXI drivers are dodging the district’s strict safety checks by exploiting a legal loophole. And the problem is “out of control”, according to the owner of one cab firm. Some local cabbies are deliberately getting their licences from other local authorities rather than from Bradford Council. This means Bradford’s licensing enforcement officers, who often carry out spot safety checks on cabs, have no jurisdiction over these drivers. It also means the cabbies can get lower motor insurance premiums, compared to Bradford’s high prices, licensing bosses believe. And other local authorities also have different standards for drivers’ criminal records, vehicle safety and other licensing criteria such as whether cabbies have to sit knowledge tests. Many drivers are getting their licenses from Rossendale Council in Lancashire, a rura...

Full article: http://www.national-taxi-association.co.uk/?p=8449

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