Standardised checks for potential taxi drivers a welcome reform

It has recently been announced that the government is considering proposals that would require all councils in England to carry out standardised checks on taxi licence applicants.

In addition there are plans for a database to stop potential drivers applying to councils after being refused by another.

Under the proposals there is also specific guidance on how councils should deal with an application in the case of previous convictions. It is proposed that convictions relating to sex and indecency offences would result in a ban for life from being employed as a taxi driver.

It is understood that the Department for Transport is also considering whether taxis should be fitted with CCTV as standard.

A survivor of the Rotherham grooming scandal who waived her anonymity, Samantha Woodhouse, has been instrumental in pursuing and lobbying the government. She deserves all of the credit in managing to make huge changes for the protection of children from sexual exploitation and grooming.

It is also Samantha who has been pushing for CCTV to be in taxis nationwide.

Switalskis Solicitors is pleased to see the government considering such important changes to child protection and that the hard work of Samantha Woodhouse is being recognised.

The child abuse claims team at Switalskis Solicitors represent a number of survivors of child sexual exploitation and grooming, most of whom were failed by both the local authority and the police force. Our team has extensive experience helping those who have been affected by child abuse achieve justice.

If you would like confidential advice regarding grooming and child sexual exploitation please email Bev Mercer, Sally Smith or Amy Clowrey, or you can also contact us by phone on 0800 138 4700.


Amy Clowrey

Amy Clowrey is an Associate Solicitor based in Wakefield and is part of our Child Abuse Compensation team. She joined that team in June 2016 having also served part of her training contract with Switalskis. Amy formally became an Associate of the business in 2019 after successfully completing the company's Associate Development Programme. She blogs regularly about new developments and significant cases and verdicts relating to Child Abuse Compensation. Amy's profile

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