Taxi deregulation bill will put people at risk, Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright warns

10:39 11 July 2014

Sir Graham Bright. Picture: STEVE WILLIAMS.

Sir Graham Bright. Picture: STEVE WILLIAMS.

Archant

Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner fears the proposed taxi deregulation bill could lead to more people being raped, sexually assaulted or even murdered after a night out.

The bill, which is currently going through parliament, would allow anyone to drive a licensed vehicle when it is not being used for work purposes, licensing authorities to renew licences less frequently and taxi and minicab firms to subcontract to other firms.

Sir Graham Bright is part of a cross-party group of police and crime commissioners who have written to Minister Without Portfolio Ken Clarke to urge him to amend certain measures in the bill or instead introduce a dedicated taxi bill.

Mr Bright has also written to Cambridgeshire’s MPs to ask for their support.

He said: “As elected representatives of the force area, our Members of Parliament are in a good position to be able to help me.

“I have asked if there is any way they can either get the bill amended, or urge the introduction of a dedicated taxi bill, that would reflect not only my concerns, but those of other police and crime commissioners, licensing officials, police, the taxi trade and organisations that work with victims of rape and sexual assault.

“I understand the need to address the issues that the deregulation bill is aimed at, but my concern is ensuring that there are safeguards in place to protect the public from becoming victims of crime.

I cannot and will not support something that could place Cambridgeshire members of public, including those who are already vulnerable, at risk. I hope our MPs feel able to take up this important issue in Parliament.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cambs Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cambs Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cambs Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Yesterday, 16:11
General Purposes Committee. County Hall, Cambridge.Estover playing field. Councillors voting on lease for Estover playing field, Picture: Steve Williams.

A momentous decision today by Cambridgeshire County Council will pave the way for a 99 year lease being offered to March to take control of all 18 acres of Estover playing field.

Yesterday, 12:08
Hands off Estover

Cambridgeshire County Council has voted to give a 99 year lease- at a peppercorn rent- for the entire Estover playing fields.

Yesterday, 17:36
New volunteer befrienders needed for Eddie’s.Steph at the farm.

A local charity is appealing for people to come forward to become befriender volunteers and make a real difference in people’s lives around the Fens.

Yesterday, 17:00
Police and fire crews attend the RTC.

A person is trapped in their car after leaving the road in Doddington.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition today E-edition