Parliament debate weaker taxi laws next week

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The House of Lords will debate loosening the rules of taxi regulations next week.

On Wednesday (October 21) peers will consider a government bill to have fewer checks on cabbies and private hire drivers.

Taxi licence holders currently get checked every year, but the new rules would mean they are only reviewed every three years.

The Deregulation Bill and taxi amendments were voted on by MPs on June 23.

Earlier this year it emerged that Milton Keynes Council had given a private hire driver’s licence to a convicted rapist who had four separate convictions for serious sexual offences. The man has since handed in his licence and the council has tightened up its rules, while an internal investigation is being carried out.