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'Wild West' Taxi Recommendations Welcome

Monday, September 24, 2018

GMB WELCOMES RECOMMENDATIONS TO TACKLE ‘WILD WEST’ AND ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY IN TAXI AND PRIVATE HIRE SECTOR

Independent task and finish group set up by cross-party consensus recommends moves to bring taxi and private hire regulation into the Twenty First Century

GMB, the union for taxi and  private hire drivers, today welcomed new recommendations from the Chair of an independent task and finish group to enhance Public Safety in the Taxi and Private Hire sector.

Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq, Chairman, the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing urged the Government to act promptly in response to the report warning “undue delay would risk public safety.”

GMB Union Taxi & Private Hire Drivers agenda has long been campaigning to bring Taxi and Private Hire legislation and regulation into the Twenty First Century. 

The report recognises that employment rights are core to whether firms are fit and proper to operate in this country is vindication for GMB Union’s campaign.

However shiny their technology, no operator can be above the rules  of regulation, or flout decent employment practices.

The report tackles and makes sensible recommendations to legislate against the unsafe practice of cross border working, false plying for hire, and drivers working predominantly outside of their licensed boundaries.

And the report blows the myth that so called technology companies that have now swamped the market are beyond the confines of regulation.

The report proposes a road map to tackle both driver exploitation and attempts to undermine the integrity of passenger safety, the national minimum wage in the taxi and private hire industry.

Mick Rix, GMB Union National Officer for Taxi & Private Hire Drivers said:

"We’ve been warning that drivers are being forced to operate in a Wild West landscape – so to find that our call for national minimum standards and national enforcement has been backed so strongly is welcome news.

“Make no mistake, passengers safety has been badly put at risk in recent years. This report is a shot across the bows for cowboy operators.

"Now it’s time for the Government to step up to the plate and ensure these carefully considered and well thought-through recommendations are put in practice.”

ENDS

Contact: Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes To Editors

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/taxi-and-private-hire-vehicle-licensing-recommendations-for-a-safer-and-more-robust-system?

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