Category Archive: Cross Border Hiring

Aug 30

Taxi drivers could be exploiting lax local rules to avoid tougher checks, LGA warns

Taxi drivers could be exploiting a postcode lottery to avoid stringent criminal records checks, the Local Government Association has warned. Inconsistencies in the level of checks carried out by different local authorities means that drivers with criminal records or poor driving standards could target places perceived to have rules which were less tough, a spokesman …

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Jan 11

Criminals Are Dodging Council Ban And Driving For Uber In Southend

A seaside town has complained that Uber, the app-driven taxi service, is using convicted criminals to tout for business even though the council has banned them from working as cabbies. Taxi firms in Southend, Essex, have been dismayed by the arrival of up to 50 Uber drivers operating in the resort. Among the new drivers …

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Dec 19

Pirate cabs exploit licensing loophole to dodge knowledge tests

Express newspapers report that A YORKSHIRE mill town has been bombarded by applications from would-be-cabbies nationwide who see it as a soft touch for a taxi licence. Private-hire drivers can be approved by any town hall to work anywhere in England and Wales Huddersfield, famous for being the birthplace of rugby league, is at the …

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Nov 01

Commons Questions – Rossendale

Taxis: Rossendale Department for Transport written question – answered on 31st October 2016. Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union) To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2016 to Question 46806 on taxis: licensing, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in …

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Sep 16

250 Derby taxi drivers get licenced in LANCASHIRE – to avoid local knowledge test

The Derby Telegraph reports that more than 250 Derby taxi drivers have registered in a town in Lancashire where they do not have to take a “knowledge” test. A total of 254 people with Derby addresses are officially licensed in Rossendale, 103 miles away. There are 1,500 taxi drivers licensed with Derby City Council. Rossendale …

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Sep 16

Private Hire drivers guilty of picking up illegal fares in Milton Keynes

Two private hire drivers have been convicted at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court of picking up passengers illegally – known as ‘blagging’ – in the town. Bi Trazie Alain Fegone, of Nelson Way, Rugby, attended court and pleaded guilty to plying for hire and driving without valid motor insurance. Javen Hussain, of Grantham Road, Luton, did …

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Sep 16

Rossendale taxi licence applications facing backlog until next year

All private hire and hackney cab drivers are now required to pass a basic skills test Prospective taxi drivers are having to wait until 2017 before they can pass a ‘basic skills test’ to get them on the roads, we can reveal. Under new rules all new private hire and hackney drivers are required to …

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Sep 12

Taxi driver convicted of fraud and stripped of licence for not declaring conviction

The Lancashire Telegraph reports that a TAXI driver has been convicted of fraud and had his licence revoked after failing to declare a conviction. Shahid Javaid, of Arnold Street, Huddersfield, pleaded guilty on August 19 at Burnley Magistrates Court to fraud by false representation. He was fined £80 in total and was ordered to pay £150 …

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Aug 30

Bath & North East Somerset Council respond to concerns over Bath-operating Bristol-registered Ubers

Bath & North East Somerset Council has responded to concerns that Uber minicabs registered in Bristol are operating in Bath. The council has said it is “considering” the issue, raised by one reader in response to last week’s Bath Chronicle story about the lack of availability of Uber cars in the city. In the UK …

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Aug 26

Oxford City Council fears over legal loophole with taxi licensing that could open door for child abuse

A LOOPHOLE allowing taxi drivers from other areas to work in Oxford could be closed as part of moves to protect young people. Concern is growing about national rules that allow drivers licensed in one area to operate anywhere, regardless of differences in standards. Officials say it allows hackney carriage drivers to avoid tougher standards …

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