Category Archive: CSE

Oct 25

Taxi drivers could be forced to take BTEC to ‘improve quality of service’

CHRISTCHURCH council could ask taxi drivers to complete BTEC and NVQ qualifications in a bid to ‘improve the level of service’. A report to the licensing committee which meets today asks members to decide if they want to introduce new measures and go out to consultation with the taxi trade on the proposals. They will …

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Sep 13

Commons Questions

Department for Transport written question – answered on 12th September 2016. Sarah Champion Shadow Minister (Home Office) To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to lay guidance on licensing functions under taxi and private hire vehicle legislation before Parliament. Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)  The Department is currently updating …

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Sep 13

‘My daughter has been let down and used as a political football’

The mum of a primary school girl whose alleged sex abuse started a taxi licensing investigation at South Ribble Council has spoken out for the first time. The girl – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – was mentioned in an interim report into the scandal, leaked to the press in April. The driver …

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Aug 15

Extra training for Burnley taxi drivers

Burnley Council is set to introduce training to raise child sexual exploitation (CSE) awareness among taxi drivers, in line with advice and guidance from national experts. The council is recommended to incorporate CSE training as a requirement for all hackney carriage (black cab) and private hire drivers licensed in the borough. The training is aimed …

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Jul 13

17 Rotherham taxi licences approved by Lancashire council

A LANCASHIRE council which licenses taxi drivers from outside its borders has confirmed it has approved applications from 17 Rotherham drivers. Rotherham commissioner Mary Ney has conceded that drivers are able to apply for licences in other boroughs to avoid Rotherham’s new strict regulations, including compulsory CCTV cameras in cabs. Rossendale Council said it had …

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May 24

South Ribble Council leader faces axe over taxi row

South Ribble Council’s leader is facing a vote of no-confidence revolt related to a taxi-licensing investigation Rebel Conservatives say they have grown frustrated with the handling of allegations A motion has been submitted to the chief executive to remove Coun Smith from her position Coun Smith says she will not step down and insists she …

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May 21

Nationwide drive for new taxi laws

A SURVIVORS’ group which helped tighten taxi rules in Rotherham after the child sex scandal wants stricter laws across the UK. The Rotherham CSE Steering Group is writing to all councils in the country, urging them to take a similar stance with licensing. New rules imposed by commissioner Mary Ney mean the majority of the …

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May 20

Senior South Ribble Conservatives quit party roles following taxi scandal

Two senior members of South Ribble Conservatives have quit their party roles a month after the taxi licensing scandal came to public attention. At a closed-doors AGM on Monday night, the chief whip, Coun Michael Green and his deputy, Coun Paul Wharton – who were responsible for discipline of members – decided not to stand …

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May 12

Jobless minicab driver jailed after grooming two schoolgirls on Facebook

A CYBER pervert who groomed two schoolgirls told police his online messaging was “harmless and just my sense of humour”. David Robinson, 28, was yesterday (Wednesday, May 11) jailed for 16 months for inciting one of the youngsters to engage in sexual activity. The jobless minicab driver, from Darlington who worked in Middlesbrough, also told …

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May 03

Rotherham CSE Survivors Want Tougher Taxi Licensing

Heart Radio reports that victims of child sexual exploitation from Rotherham want councils across the country to use their experiences to prevent other young people being abused. The Rotherham abuse steering group is built of survivors and family members created in the wake of the Rotherham abuse scandal. They’ve put together a national plan to …

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