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Concerns Over Relaxing Rules for Taxi Drivers

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The Local Government Association has recently warned that relaxing rules in relation to who can drive a licensed minicab will increase the risk to members of the public.

Currently legislation is going through parliament, via the Deregulation Bill. However, the Local Government Association has raised concerns that clauses within the Bill would permit anyone to drive a licensed vehicle.

It has also been suggested by the Association, that the legislation would also make it “impossible” for council to check that minicab drivers have gone through the proper checks.

Additional concerns have been raised that the relaxing of the rules would make it easier for minicab drivers to challenge reviews of their licences following traffic offences; with the concerns following reports from last year which revealed that minicab drivers with criminal records and those convicted of motoring offences were granted licenses within Yorkshire.

Whilst concerns have been raised in relation to relaxing rules for who can drive a licensed vehicle, for those taxi drivers who have seen their licence application refused or an existing licence revoked our road traffic solicitors may be able to assist.

Our road traffic solicitors understand and appreciate that taxi licences may be refused or revoked for a variety of different reasons; however, we also understand the importance of seeking professional advice – from a member of our team – at the earliest opportunity, if you are facing the possibility of losing yours.

We are highly experienced in this complex area and can provide expert representation if you wish to appeal against such a decision – to find out more, including how we could help you, contact our solicitors in Leeds today.