‘Shadow’ taxi industry sparks safety fears as drivers from outside Manchester flood city centre

‘Shadow’ taxi industry sparks safety fears as drivers from outside Manchester flood city centre

A legal loophole means drivers are getting cheap licences from councils as far away as Cornwall and Cumbria A burgeoning ‘shadow’ taxi industry is operating outside the control of city officials – leading to grave warnings about public safety. A legal loophole means drivers are getting cheap licences from councils as far away as Cornwall and Cumbria before returning to Manchester to work. Because they are not registered with the city’s licensing department, officials have little or no information on them. Pictures taken by one local driver show cars registered in 19 other areas now doing business in the city, outside of council regulation. Taxi drivers, the town hall and an MP have now called on ministers to change the law. The news comes as the town hall considers installing CCTV in all cabs. But the trade says that will make no difference unless all drivers in the city c...

Full article: http://www.national-taxi-association.co.uk/?p=9189

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