Taxi law reform ‘would put the public at risk’

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Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) in Yorkshire have joined a campaign against proposed reforms to taxi legislation, saying they would leave the public at risk.

The Deregulation Bill, currently going through Parliament, will see annual checks on taxi licence holders replaced with reviews every three years.

They would also allow anyone to drive a mini-cab when it is not being used for fares.

West Yorkshire PCC Mark Burns-Williamson said: “There are real concerns that taking away these safeguards will pose a real risk to unsuspecting passengers climbing into a taxi as there will be no guarantee that a driver is who he says he is.”

South Yorkshire PCC Shaun Wright added: “Quite simply, the safety of passengers in South Yorkshire will be put at risk if these reforms are passed.”