Welwyn Hatfield Council responds to taxi drivers’ concerns
PUBLISHED: 09:14 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:49 01 March 2017
Welwyn Hatfield Council has responded to concerns raised by cabbies who claim that current regulations are putting the public at risk.
More than 40 cabbies backed plans to lobby the borough council in protest at drivers from other areas being allowed to operate in Welwyn Hatfield.
At a meeting last Thursday, they claimed the regulations were putting the public at risk, as the rigorous safety checks that locally licensed drivers go through are not always required elsewhere.
Currently Welwyn Hatfield Council only regulates hackney cabs that are licenced in the borough.
A council spokesman said; “Taxi law has changed, allowing vehicles licensed by other authorities to carry out job bookings in the borough – as long as it’s passed to them by a Welwyn Hatfield licensed operator.
“We continually monitor who is working in Welwyn Hatfield through investigations and enforcement, successfully prosecuting a driver unlawfully operating in the borough last year.
“Public safety remains our top priority and we will continue working with operators, drivers, neighbouring authorities and local people to ensure we can take action against anyone not complying with the law.”
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