Downing Street taxi protest against “rapist” minicabs leaves London’s roads in chaos

Cab drivers demonstrate outside over private hire rules

It’s yet another transport dispute that isn’t being resolved and, yet again, Londoners are going nowhere.

Black cab drivers in the capital staged protests today over the safety standards of private hire vehicles.

Claiming “no woman is safe in a minicab”, the drivers blocked roads in Whitehall and across London for a two-hour protest at 11am today.

The protest was organised by the United Cabbies Group (UCG) who said Transport for London has dropped the requirement for minicab drivers to have a full criminal background check, while black cab drivers still need to comply, which can take months to complete.

The union said: “The upshot of this is that members of the public can now listen to free music on their mp3 players whilst being driven around by rapists or murderers. There are over 100 reported sexual assaults in minicabs in London every year and we know less than 10% of rapes and sexual assaults are reported.”