Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has spoken in Parliament of his concerns over the Deregulation Bill on taxis.
Mike has met with taxi representatives from across Brighton & Hove and already written to his colleague the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport, to raise a number of concerns with proposed changes to the law. Concerns include: Public safety; Duration of licences; Sub-contracting of bookings; and allowing taxis from neighbouring authorities to operate within Brighton & Hove.
In the debate, Mike highlighted the high regard of Taxi drivers in Britain and specifically the importance of local knowledge of taxi drivers within specific geographic areas, as well as the general concerns of the Brighton Sudanese Taxi Forum.
Commenting, Mike said: “It is always important when making reforms to laws to give proper consideration to the impact of the changes. Taxis in Brighton & Hove offer an important public service, so it is vital that the review of the measures that have been outlined are vetted thoroughly. The safety of customers is paramount, so I will be closely monitoring how the changes affect this important aspect.”