23rd June 2014
In a debate in the House of Commons today on government plans to deregulate private hire vehicles, Fiona Mactaggart intervened to support amendment 61 which would stop the Government removing safeguards to protect passengers in private hire vehicles.
She cited the recent case, heard in Slough magistrates’ court, of SBC v Ahmed (Viking Cars) as evidence that the present laws are necessary to keep the public safe.
She said “The Government’s proposals to reform the taxi and minicab law will put passengers at risk. The Tory obsession to cut red tape could put the travelling public in danger. Women, who are more likely to depend on taxis than men because they have less access to a family car will be particularly vulnerable if the Government gets their way.”
She added “Slough magistrates recognised the value of the present law when they commented that they regarded this a very serious set of offences, putting the public at risk and depriving legitimate drivers of income. They were particularly concerned that the trigger incident involved a lone female being collected late at night from Wexham Park Hospital.”