Cleveland and Durham police chiefs fear taxi changes will increase rape risk

Barry Coppinger in Murray Street, Hartlepool
Barry Coppinger in Murray Street, Hartlepool

THE region’s crime commissioners fear changes to taxi reforms will increase the risk of sex attacks against passengers.

Cleveland and Durham’s police and crime commissioners Barry Coppinger and Ron Hogg have joined a cross-party group of crime supremos calling for changes to the bill currently going through parliament.

It is in response to plans to cut red tape for taxi and private hire drivers.

Mr Hogg said: “I would agree with the concerns that removing the requirement for a person to drive a private hire vehicle without a license would have the potential to expose the public to danger.”