- NICHOLAS CECIL
- Tuesday 2 August 2016
A major crackdown on rogue minicab drivers in London was launched today.
Mayor Sadiq Khan ordered an extra 250 compliance officers to be deployed over the next year to target drivers of private hire vehicles and other cabs operating illegally.
This will quadruple the current team of just over 80 officers, tasked with enforcing the capital’s rules for black taxis and other cabs.
The move comes after a surge in the number of private hire vehicles on London streets, by 40,000 in the the last year alone to more than 110,000, according to the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA).
The new compliance officers will focus on hotspots of illegal private hire car activity including the West End and the City.