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All taxi and personal rent drivers may must cross enhanced legal document checks below new authorities proposals.

The Division for Transport has launched a session on new licensing pointers to higher defend weak passengers.

Final 12 months a government report discovered that present legal guidelines regulating drivers weren’t “match for the fashionable world”.

The session may also think about whether or not cabs and personal rent autos ought to be fitted with CCTV.

Any video recording techniques can be encrypted in order that footage may solely be accessed if a criminal offense was reported.

The federal government additionally mentioned it could introduce nationwide minimal requirements for drivers.

This would come with establishing a nationwide licensing database and doubtlessly limiting drivers from working a whole lot of miles away from the place they’re licensed.

Below the present system, somebody who’s denied a taxi licence by an area authority in England and Wales can journey to a different space the place the licensing authority could also be extra lenient.

Different proposed security measures embody a advice that councils guarantee each driver undergoes background checks and enhanced legal document checks.

The session will run till 22 April.

Taxis minister Nusrat Ghani mentioned: “Whereas the overwhelming majority of drivers are secure and act responsibly, we have now seen too many circumstances the place taxi and minicab drivers have used their job to prey on weak individuals, girls and kids.

“These guidelines would make it possible for drivers are match to hold passengers, preserving individuals secure whereas stopping these with unhealthy intentions from getting behind the wheel of a taxi or minicab.”

Final 12 months it emerged that taxi licences have been being issued behind closed doors to drivers convicted of offences together with youngster intercourse crimes and reckless driving.

In the meanwhile a licensing authority, similar to a council, has to determine if somebody is “match and correct” earlier than granting a taxi or non-public rent licence.

Though some guidance has been revealed, there aren’t any authorized guidelines on the best way to decide whether or not somebody is “match and correct particular person”.

The DfT mentioned new pointers will probably be constant throughout the nation.