Growing safety concerns as Stockport Council target Hackney carriages from outside borough in bid to quell fears

Growing safety concerns as Stockport Council target Hackney carriages from outside borough in bid to quell fears

The safety of Stockport’s travelling public is being put at risk by an influx of Hackney Carriages operating as private hire vehicles, the chair of the borough’s licensing committee has warned. Over the last six months taxis licensed by Rossendale Borough Council have been working across Greater Manchester giving rise to concerns over their legal status. Councillor Chris Gordon has revealed the extent of the problem after Stockport Council’s licensing team received hundreds of complaints from members of the public, licensed drivers and taxi trade associations. “The real problem is the safety, comfort and general well-being of the town’s people,” said the licensing, environment and safety committee chair. “A situation exists where hackney carriages can act as private vehicles outside their area and legally if you are plying for hire you cannot be hailed.” The confusion aris...

Full article: http://www.national-taxi-association.co.uk/?p=5250

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