§ Mr. Bendall
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of the serious problems being experienced as a result of the activities of certain mini-cab drivers, he will consider, in the short term increasing the penalties for illicit touting of fares, and in the longer term, in liaison with other interested groups, consider a review of the licensing laws.
§ Mr. Mayhew
Proposals for increasing the maximum fine under some of the provisions relating to illegal plying for hire are contained in the Criminal Justice Bill. A comprehensive review of the law relating to taxis and hire cars is already under way and it is hoped to issue a consultation paper in due course.