GMB Welcome Removal By Lords From Deregulation Bill Of Clause Enabling Unlicensed Drivers To Drive Taxis And Other Cabs
Clause 10 of the deregulation Bill would have put vulnerable people including women and children at risk so we are grateful House of Lords has removed it says GMB.
GMB, the union for taxi and other professional drivers, welcomed the removal by Government of clause 10 on enabling unlicensed drivers to drive cabs from the Deregulation Bill in the House of Lords on 14th October. See notes to editors for text of the clause.
Lord Bassam said, "Labour Lords have secured one of the biggest Government climb downs of this Parliament in getting ministers to withdraw Clause 10 from the Deregulation Bill. The clause would have enabled unlicensed drivers to act as taxi drivers and put the safety of women in particular at risk. We are delighted that our pressure and the threat of defeat in the Lords has made them withdraw the Clause. We have been working very closely with women’s organisations, those concerned about passenger safety and the taxi trade to secure this climb down.
I want to pay a particular tribute to GMB and taxi trade in Brighton and Hove for their hard work and brilliant campaign locally on this issue. It has greatly helped us make the argument in Parliament. Now we need to press on and ensure that the Government ditch the rest of the taxi deregulation package that threatens to undermine good quality and safe taxi services like those in Brighton and Hove.’
Mick Hildreth, lead member of the GMB national committee for taxi and other professional drivers, said “This is a significant victory in the House of Lords to secure an aim that our national committee for professional drivers campaigned for.
GMB drivers are very grateful that Steve Bassam and all the Labour Lords supported the view that clause 10 to the deregulation Bill would have put vulnerable people including women and children at risk. Police figures show that 214 women were sexually assaulted and 54 raped in the capital last year after getting into illegal cabs.
GMB taxi and other professional drivers will continue to fight to remove clauses 11 and 12 from the Deregulation Bill to ensure the safety of the travelling public.”
Contact: Mick Hildreth 07814 032002 or Steve Garelick 07565 456 776, or Michelle Bacon 07961 709680 or Mick Rix 07971 268343. GMB press office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823