Tuesday, 12 January 2010
In Wolverhampton, a man who between 1985 and 2005 had carried out more than 30 offences was, in 2006, deemed suitable to become a taxi driver.
There are no official rules about licensing taxi drivers. Instead, councils tend to follow various guidelines, one of which is issued by the Department of Transport.
More checks to police authorities revealed that 250 crimes had been carried out by licensed taxi drivers over the past three years, including rape and making threats to kill.
So why are councils so relaxed about giving taxi licences to convicted criminals?
Councils across the West Midlands region took £4.5m in taxi licensing fees.