Taxis: Standards

Home Office written question – answered on 7th September 2020.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she had with the Secretary of State for Transport prior to the announcement on changes to the statutory taxi and private hire vehicle standards on 21 July 2020.

Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she had with the Secretary of State for Transport before that Department's announcement on changes to regulations on criminal record checks for taxi drivers.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The new standards address a number of concerns raised in investigations into child sexual exploitation and abuse, including the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham, about safeguarding in taxis and private hire vehicles. The Home Secretary has made clear that such failures must never be repeated.

The Department for Transport has worked with Home Office ministers and officials to develop the changes.

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