Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner spoke in support of a proposed law which will improve the safety of taxi passengers in Cambridge. The foundation of the new Bill was provided by a previous Bill moved by Mr Zeichner in 2017, who leads a cross party group of MPs who specialise in taxis.
Currently, a taxi driver who has had a licence application refused by Cambridge council could still work in the city by obtaining a licence from South Cambridgeshire or Wolverhampton council. In addition, local authorities have no way of knowing if drivers have been refused licenses by other local authorities and councils can only take action against drivers licensed in their own area.
The Bill would give councils the power to take control of who can drive on their streets and protect the safety of their residents by creating a national database to record when taxi drivers have fallen foul of local councils. It would also require councils to respond to reports of wrongdoings of taxi drivers licenced in their local authority but operating in a different area.
Mr Zeichner said: “I am delighted that a Bill which covers much of the same territory as my own Bill has returned to parliament. This law would help keep the residents of Cambridge safe, by protecting them from taxi drivers who have been harmed their passengers and are trying to slip through the net and continue to work in the city by getting a licence from another council. This Bill will also support hardworking taxi drivers who do not want to see their industry tarnished by the actions of a tiny minority”.