All 1,300 taxi drivers in Milton Keynes to undergo fresh checks

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More than 1,300 taxi drivers face fresh police checks following the rapist taxi driver scandal.

Milton Keynes Council last night confirmed that every driver in the city will undergo fresh checks.

This follows the revelation that Nadeem Ahmed Kiani had been granted a taxi licence by the council, despite having four convictions for serious sexual offences. He went on to work as a private hire driver, and then a taxi driver, for three years.

Peter Marland, leader of Milton Keynes Council, told Monday’s meeting of the council cabinet that the licensing system across the UK is a “mess”.

He added: “The vast majority of taxi drivers are hard working, good people and we have let them down.

“Taxi licensing in this country is a mess and we will not be waiting for changes nationally.

“We do owe people an apology, including the 1,300 taxi drivers that are good, honest people.

“We have let them down and we have let the public down. It is a job of the local authority to keep people safe and I hope this policy will go toward rebuilding trust.”

Mr Marland said there was no process for removing councillors involved in allowing drivers with convictions to gain licences if they had acted within the law.