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Wednesday, 7 August, 2002, 06:41 GMT 07:41 UK
Crackdown on illegal taxis
Taxi sign
The government wants to eradicate illegal vehicles
New proposals to stamp out rogue taxis in Northern Ireland have been announced.

A two-month consultation period on a new system to help the public identify legitimate taxis and combat the problem of illegal vehicles has been unveiled.

The proposals, revealed on Wednesday, will require all drivers to display a taxi licence plate.


People will be more assured that the taxi in which they intend to travel is licensed

Dermot Nesbitt
Environment Minister

This will be colour coded to identify the type of taxi and have a visible expiry date.

Environment Minister Dermot Nesbitt launched the consultation period and said the purpose was to promote greater public confidence.

"People will be more assured that the taxi in which they intend to travel is licensed," he said.

"I believe that these proposals will enhance the image of the taxi trade and go some way to remove freelance illegal operators."

The closing date for consultation will be 18 October this year.

Copies of the document can be obtained from the Road Transport Licensing Division in Belfast.

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 ON THIS STORY
BBC NI's Gordon Adair:
"Under the new scheme all taxis must be fitted with licensing plates"
Stuart Martin, DVLNI:
"The department has been aware of the problems facing the taxi industry for sometime"
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