Scottish cabbies raise concern over licence trafficking

More unlicensed taxi drivers are taking to the streets thanks to businesses’ overpricing of licences, Scottish drivers claim.

The News of the World reported that companies and businessmen are buying hundreds of taxi permits – which are limited in number – from local authorities and selling them on for profit.

As a result, honest drivers can be charged as much as £60,000 to get one, while the trade is estimated to generate £26 million a year in Glasgow alone.

Jim Taylor, who drives a cab in Edinburgh, told the paper that more unlicensed taxis are coming on to the roads because “decent guys are being priced out of the market”.

Inverclyde Council told the paper that it is against the law to sell licences to someone to whom it has not been issued, while the Scottish government urged anyone with proof of such practices to inform the authorities.

The Herald recently reported that three taxi firms in Scotland had been closed down as Strathclyde Police investigated the possibility of illegal activity.

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