Concerns raised over out-of-town private hire taxis in Crawley

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Concerns have been raised over the use of private hire taxis which are not licensed by Crawley Borough Council.

The vice-president of Crawley Private Hire Association said townspeople’s safety was being put at risk by drivers who were not properly insured.

Athif Khan, 36, a self-employed private hire driver, said passengers would not be able to claim for compensation should an accident happen on journeys starting and ending in town.

Mr Khan, of Langley Parade, Langley Green, said: “Everyone knows about it but no one is doing anything about it.

“It’s putting us out of business.”

A Crawley Borough Council spokesman said: “We’re aware of Mr Khan’s concerns and are investigating. Vehicles licensed by other local authorities which are used for journeys starting and ending in Crawley may not be properly insured to take paying passengers so it’s crucial that they are not used.

“Vehicles licensed by Crawley Borough Council will have a plate on the back and inside with the council’s logo displayed.”

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