Ministers are being accused of putting vulnerable women at risk by passing a new law which would deregulate the minicab industry, the Independent has reported.
Under the new law minicabs would be allowed to be driven by anyone when they are off duty, which campaigners say would allow predators to lure women. Another measure under fire would allow taxi operators to subcontract work to other cab offices outside the borough.
However the measure which has drawn the most criticism is a change in the law which would mean a cab license would now be renewable every two years instead of the yearly checks currently in force. Campaigners say this will make it difficult for local authorities to carry out checks and put passengers as risk.
All cabs currently have to abide by strict regulations which were put in place following a number of crimes committed by private hire drivers.