Transport for London’s (TfL) announcement today that the taxi and private hire compliance team will be quadrupled has been welcomed by UKIP London Assembly member David Kurten, though he says it is "just the start".
David Kurten AM, who sits on the London Assembly Transport Committee, said, "The Mayor committed to improving safety and supporting the black cab trade in response to questions I asked him at City Hall.
"Whilst today's news is welcome, it is just the start as more needs to be done to deal with the surge in numbers of Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs) that happened under both Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson's watch.
"I would like to see a temporary freeze on the number of PHV licences issued in London to allow for more stringent regulatory systems to be put in place, for example, I would like to see that all PHV drivers are required to pass a rigorous English-speaking test and that licenses are only issued to drivers who have at least one year's driving experience in London.
"In the meantime, I hope the newly increased taxi and private hire compliance team is given the resource it needs to clamp down on illegal Private Hire operators and practises."