Earlier this month, Preet Kaur Gill MP wrote a letter to the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, raising serious concerns over the lack of monitoring of taxi drivers licenced in one area, but operating in another.
An inquest into a fatal crash on the Belgrave Middleway, costing the lives of six people in Preet's Edgbaston constituency last December, found cocaine in the system of the taxi driver involved. The taxi driver was registered in Sandwell - outside of the area in which he was working.
Preet has called for urgent action to be taken to allow councils the powers over taxis operating in their area, even if they are registered elsewhere.
In the letter, Preet says, "I believe that it is essential that Local Authorities are able to take enforcement action against any taxi driver operating in their area that has found to be unsafe. Without the possibility of such enforcement action, Local Authorities are not able to ensure that all taxi drivers operating in their area are operating in a safe and non-criminal manner."
You can read Preet's letter in full here: www.preetkaurgill.com/content/concerns-over-taxis-registering-one-area-a...
You can read the BBC article on the topic here: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-45562675