Taxi-gate: Lib Dems accept results of Milton Keynes Council’s investigation

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City Lib Dems say actions prompted by the taxi licensing scandal will “lead to improved public safety”.

Yesterday, MK Council released an internal audit following an investigation into how a rapist was allowed to drive a city taxi for three years.

Councillor Stuart Burke was chairman of the regulatory sub-committee in May 2012, which reviewed the application to grant Nadeem Kiani a license after fresh details about his convictions were released by police.

Fellow Lib Dem member Subhan Shafiq resigned as Mayor of Milton Keynes in August and as a councillor yesterday over the scandal after it emerged he had given Mr Kiani a personal recommendation.

Speaking 24 hours after the internal audit was published, group Leader Councillor Douglas McCall said “Following last night’s group meeting the Lib Dem Group welcomes and accepts the audit report and all its recommendations.

“The action plan will lead to improved public safety.

“We hope that the other parties will also accept the report”.

Among the changes being made by MK Council in light of the scandal, a new taxi licensing policy was implemented in September.

By November 30, a new taxi database will be used to record DBS ‘trace’ to determine the number and details of drivers.

All 1300 city taxi drivers must undertake new DBS checks, but this has not yet been completed.

Future licensing committees will be minuted and published by November 30.

There will comprehensive training arranged for councillors sitting on the regulatory sub-committee which considers some licensing applications.