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MP calls for tougher rules on taxi licences

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MP calls for tougher rules on taxi licences 20th September 2018

Birmingham MP has called on the Government to give councils more powers to take action against unsafe taxi drivers.

Edgbaston's Preet Gill said in a letter to the Transport Secretary she has "concerns" over taxi drivers registered under one authority working elsewhere – a practice called cross-border hiring.

She said an incident in her constituency in December last year had "raised concerns" about the lack of monitoring of drivers.

On 17 December, Hackney carriage driver Imtiaz Mohammed, 33, was killed, along with his passengers, in the three car crash near Edgbaston.

His inquest was told Mr Mohammed had traces of cocaine and another substance in his system, though this was "not a factor" in the crash, according to the collision investigator.

Mr Mohammed's licence was registered in nearby Sandwell, Birmingham City Council said.

In her letter to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP, Ms Gill said it raised concerns over how taxi drivers are monitored and "urgent action" was needed to ensure councils have powers they need over all drivers working in their area, even if they were registered elsewhere.

Source: BBC

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