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Cabbies call for private hire licence suspension following fake ‘fit to drive’ scam

Unite the union press release. 

04 October 2016

Black cab drivers in London called for a suspension in the granting of new licences for private hire drivers in the capital after it emerged that ‘rogue’ doctors were selling faked ‘fit to drive’ forms.

The drivers, who are members of Britain’s largest union, Unite called for the halt of new licences until new measures from mayor of London Sadiq Khan, which are aimed to drive up standards in the private hire industry, are fully in place next year.

Concern is mounting following newspaper reports that doctors are selling faked medical ‘all-clear’ forms which are required to get a cab licence to private hire minicab drivers.

Transport for London requires that all 100,000 private hire and Uber drivers in the capital pass a medical proving their fitness to carry passengers.

Commenting, Jim Kelly, chair Unite London Cab Section, said:

“This is a major cause for concern and could result in the public and passengers being put at risk because someone unfit to drive has been fraudulently given the ‘all-clear’ to carry passengers.

“There needs to be a proper investigation and a crackdown on such rogue practices to maintain standards and confidence in London’s private hire trade.

“We would urge that Transport for London suspends the granting of private hire licences until a full investigation has taken place and the mayor’s plans to drive up standards across the private hire industry are fully in place.”


For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.


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