Transport for London’s (TfL) announcement last week that the taxi and private hire compliance team will be quadrupled has been welcomed by the London Assembly Transport Committee.

The move addresses many of the concerns raised in the cross-party Transport Committee Report ‘Future Proof’– published in December 2014.

Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM, Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee said;

“This is a long overdue step towards increasing passenger safety and cracking down on dangerous practices and rogue operators.

The Transport Committee has called for better enforcement of the taxi and minicab trade since December 2014 and we welcome TfL’s plans to increase the number of compliance officers tackling illegal minicab activity.

Now TfL must ensure that these extra officers are given the proper powers, resources and training to identify and stop touting, which is widespread across parts of the city.”