Concern Over Changes In Law For Mini Cabs

Councillor Sarah Hacker has raised concerns over proposed changes to the law regulating the use of Private Hire Vehicles in Reading.

The proposed changes would allow anyone to drive the cab when it is off duty and would also allow taxi firms to subcontract their work if they are unable to do it themselves. However Councillor Sarah Hacker has said that such changes would endanger passengers.

She said people would be unable to know when a cab is off duty and secondly, potentially opening the way for vulnerable passengers to be in danger of abuse especially children, women and the elderly.

Currently mini cab companies are required to be operated by regulated drivers on pre-booked journeys.