§ 7. Mr. O'Halloran
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his estimate of the number of private cars that are now used for minicab purposes in the greater London area.
§ Mr. O'Halloran
Can the hon. Gentleman assure us that he will introduce legislation to amend the London Cab Act, 1968, to eliminate the ruthless exploitation of the public by these so-called private operators?
§ Mr. Mudd
Does my hon. Friend accept that in the use of private vehicles there is an additional danger to the public since they are not automatically covered by insurance, and that any pedestrian or other vehicle involved in an accident with these illegal vehicles is similarly not covered by insurance?
§ Mr. Bidwell
Does the hon. Gentleman agree that even where insurance arrangements may be in order there appears to be a growing practice of agencies advertising a taxi service, which turns out to be provided by private people of all sorts, sometimes even middle class women making pin money by using their own private vehicles? I ask the hon. Gentleman to look at this very carefully. Taxi cab drivers and owners of taxis operating under the hackney carriage licensing system are right to be gravely anxious about this developing situation.