PCC's support for Bill changes to protect public

Dorset Echo: PCC's support for Bill changes to protect public PCC's support for Bill changes to protect public

DORSET’S Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill has backed a campaign to remove a series of measures from the Deregulation Bill to protect taxi and private hire passengers.

He and other crime commissioners believe that plans to cut red tape for taxi and private hire drivers risk increasing incidents of people being raped and sexually assaulted after a night out.

The concerns are backed by licensing officials, police, the taxi trade and organisations that work with victims of rape and sexual assault.

The campaign calls on the government to ensure that people can be “Be Sure, Be Safe” when getting into a private hire cab.

Mr Underhill said: “People need to be sure that when they get into a marked private hire vehicle they know it’s genuine and driven by a licensed operator. These new measures put people at risk which is why we have written to Ken Clarke, to urge him to introduce a dedicated Taxi Bill.”

Currently, only licensed private hire drivers can get behind the wheel of a marked private hire vehicle; drivers have to be regularly relicensed and there are restrictions on vehicles operating across local authority boundaries.

But under the Deregulation Bill, these limited safeguards are to be swept away, opening up the prospect of a private hire free-for-all, with no guarantees that the driver of a vehicle are who they say they are.

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1:10pm Wed 2 Jul 14

cosmick says...

Thats not a worry, if you get in a cab and get assulted, raped, robbed, The
Police and Crime Commissioner will make them say SORRY.
Thats not a worry, if you get in a cab and get assulted, raped, robbed, The Police and Crime Commissioner will make them say SORRY. cosmick
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6:30am Thu 3 Jul 14

manyogie says...

The PCC seems to be backing a lot of things, but not instigating?
A very expensive `rubber stamp`.
The PCC seems to be backing a lot of things, but not instigating? A very expensive `rubber stamp`. manyogie
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