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Khan quadruples team to tackle illegal taxi and minicab activity

by LLB Reporter
2nd Aug 16 11:56 am

An extra 250 Compliance Officers will be recruited

London mayor Sadiq Khan is increasing the Transport for London (TfL) team responsible for tackling touting and illegal activity affecting the capital’s taxi and private hire trades.

An extra 250 Compliance Officers will be recruited and deployed over the next year to patrol London’s streets and crack down on illegal activity and improve safety.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I want Londoners to feel safe when they take a taxi or minicab and that is why I have approved a major increase to the size of our team that targets touts and illegal activities. It is the first part of a wider programme I will be introducing that will drive up standards in the industry and help our world famous cabbies continue to thrive.”

Steve Burton, TfL’s Director of Enforcement and On-Street Operations, said: “Illegal minicab activity not only poses a serious risk to passenger safety but undermines licensed, law abiding taxi and private hire drivers. This welcome boost to our enforcement team provides Londoners with additional reassurance and also sends a message to those not complying with the law that they will be caught and dealt with robustly.”

Steve McNamara, General Secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association, said: “This is fantastic news for Londoners and the black cab trade; it is so refreshing to have a Mayor who recognises the danger posed to the travelling public by illegal minicab activity and is prepared to act to ensure their safety. We welcome this substantial increase in compliance officers, and look forward to working with Sadiq in the future.”

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