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Taxi firm boss: ‘Milton Keynes Council has a statutory duty to ensure licences are granted to a fit and proper person’

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A taxi firm has spoken out against Milton Keynes Council after they hired a convicted rapist who had been granted a licence by councillors.

Nadeem Ahmed Kiani worked as a city cabbie for seven months including work as a licensed driver for Skyline Taxis.

But the firm insist they had no idea he had four convictions for serious sexual offences and the council failed to notify them.

Gav Sokhi, manager of Skyline Taxis, told the Citizen their drivers are self-employed and CRB checked, and say they trusted the fact he had been granted a licence by the council.

The firm also accuse Milton Keynes Council of not doing enough to ensure passengers are protected.

Mr Sokhi said: “Taxis and private hire drivers are licensed by local authorities in England and Wales.

“Local licensing authorities have a statutory duty to ensure that any person to whom they grant a licence is a fit and proper person.

“MK Council license drivers and they also license cab firms. We follow local authorities procedures as do every other cab company in town.”

Milton Keynes Council do not restrict drivers to work for one company and therefore a driver could be working for two or three companies at the same time.

Mr Sokhi added: “From a safety point of view we have championed many initiatives, such as CCTV in Milton Keynes Cabs and Hackney Carriages. We even asked for the public’s comments via social media last year.

“We have installed CCTV in 10 per cent of our vehicles so far.

“We asked the council to offer incentives to drivers and to make this mandatory, however they declined - unlike Luton Borough Council who ensure all cab drivers have CCTV protecting customers and drivers.”

 

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