Five foreign Lincoln minicab drivers get licences ‘without proper checks’ » National Taxi Association

Five foreign Lincoln minicab drivers get licences ‘without proper checks’ » National Taxi Association

At least five foreign minicab drivers have been given licences in Lincoln in recent months without proper background checks. Since November, the City of Lincoln Council has issued licences to five drivers from Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. The decisions were made without any official paperwork from their countries, but there is no suggestion these drivers have criminal records. It is unclear how many others have also been issued licences and the city council did not respond to a request for figures. But Jim Hart, 63, a Lincoln taxi driver for more than 30 years, said: “I wouldn’t get a licence without a disclosure and barring service check but criminal record checks on people from outside the EU only cover for as long as they’ve been in the country. “But it seems strange to me. If they’re unable to get a letter of good conduct, there’s nothing to say what a driver may have o...

Full article: http://www.national-taxi-association.co.uk/?p=8697

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