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Taxi and private hire drivers to face enhanced checks

Taxi and private hire drivers could have to pass enhanced criminal record checks under government proposals.
The Department for Transport has launched a consultation on new rules to better protect vulnerable passengers.
Last year a government report found that the laws regulating drivers were not "fit for the modern world".
The consultation for England and Wales will also consider whether cabs and private hire vehicles should be fitted with CCTV.
Any video recording systems would be encrypted so that footage could only be accessed if a crime was reported.
The government also said it would introduce national minimum standards for drivers and set up a national licensing database.
It is also considering stopping drivers from operating hundreds of miles away from where they are licensed.
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