The drivers of taxi and minicab could have to adopt a more detailed checking of his criminal record in a tender to uplift the passenger safely. A consultation staring at the authorized guidelines for the councils is being commenced by the Transport Department. One of the initiatives being surveyed is a direction for all drivers to have an intensified criminal record and background checking before they can begin their work. The government has promised to introduce national minimum standards for the drivers and to institute a national licensing database. Regulating the practice of the drivers controlling hundreds of miles away from where they are authorized is also being surveyed.

In a move which would safeguard both drivers and transport bosses and passengers are also pondering whether the vehicles should be suited with CCTV. Any footage would only be obtained if a crime is reported, with an unauthorized system put in place to confirm it.

The negotiation will continue until 22nd April.

The transport minister Nusrat Ghani told: “While the vast majority of drivers are safe and act responsibly, we have seen too many cases where taxi and minicab drivers have used their job to prey on vulnerable people, women, and children.

These rules would make sure that drivers are fit to carry passengers, keeping people safe while stopping those with bad intentions from getting behind the wheel of a taxi or minicab. ”

Minicab app Uber lost the license due to safety concern in London, but judges approved a short-term operating license in June in 2018.

 

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