Illegal Minicabs

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many people have been arrested/sanctioned for illegal mini cab driving per year, in each year since 2003?


Answer for Illegal Minicabs

Answer for Illegal Minicabs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Metropolitan Police Service Transport Operational Command Unit (TOCU) Cabs unit has made 5,345 combined arrests and processes for taxi touting and illegal mini-cabs since September 2003. Please see the table below. The decrease in the levels of arrests for 1st April 2006 ' December 2006 was due to intervening legislation (the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act). The Cabs Unit reverted to processes (which is the means by which an individual can be summoned to court without being arrested. They are commonly used for traffic offences) and issued 2,200 during this period. For 2007 (year to date) the Cabs Unit has issued 61 processes.