Following recent media reports of Taxi Firm Policies in Heywood.
I am confident that the people of Heywood and Middleton are keen to work as a community and develop good relations. I aim to put the building of a strong community at the heart of my work as an MP and this includes working with all parts of Heywood and Middleton. Individual constituents, local community groups and local businesses can only benefit from careful consideration of how to develop safe and sound practices and recent events offer an opportunity to begin these conversations.
More specifically, I am concerned that the Coalition Government’s Deregulation Bill would end annual licence renewal for Taxi Drivers and replace it with a three year duration licence. This would make it more difficult to ensure drivers were ‘fit and proper’ to drive. The Coalition’s Bill would also allow private hire vehicle operators to sub-contract work to another operator, so undermining passenger safety. In the current climate it seems ludicrous that this Government would propose such a move.
Let’s maintain good regulation policies, open up discussion about developing positive and lasting community relations and build on the many examples of good practice in the local area.
Liz McInnes MP