Islington cabbies slam borough’s illegal taxi touting » National Taxi Association

Islington cabbies slam borough’s illegal taxi touting » National Taxi Association

Islington cab drivers have criticised the borough’s strategy for dealing with the “widespread” problem of illegal taxi touting and unregulated minicabs picking up vulnerable people on busy weekend nights. Drivers voiced concerns that Upper Street and Essex Road have become hotspots for ranks of illegal and unlicensed minicabs offering rides to scores of vulnerable people, particularly young women and overseas students. Gary Suter, 59, who has been driving black cabs in Islington for 20 years and lives in Baring Street, said: “There isn’t enough being done about people pulling up outside bars and clubs and just offering lifts without any licence, CRB check or anything. “Vulnerable people, particularly young girls or overseas students, won’t realise the difference between us and unlicensed drivers and they could be in a very dangerous situation.” Licensed black cabs are the ...

Full article: http://www.national-taxi-association.co.uk/?p=9200

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