Manchester Taxi Officials in Trafford Sacked after ‘Cash for Licenses’ Probe

Trafford CentreTaxi council officers in Trafford, Manchester have been sacked for gross misconduct after being in the centre of a ‘cash-for-cab-licences’ probe.

Last autumn officials launched an investigation after a complaint was made from within the taxi trade.

The investigation was related to payments supposedly made by applicants who had not passed part of the application process.

In Trafford, taxi licenses cost £128, but only once applicants have passed a number of tests. The tests include medical checks and criminal records as well as ‘the knowledge’.

Mr McKinley, a former police officer who left the force 9 years ago, and Mr Wright are both suspended.

They were also arrested as part of a parallel criminal investigation into suspected misconduct in public office and remain on police bail. The pair have a month to appeal against the dismissal.

Exam papers have been inspected by investigators who have been overseen by McKinley and Wright dating back several years.

Those who were affected have been given the chance to re-take their tests for free. If they pass, they can finally get their licenses, UK taxi insurance and make a living.

A spokesman for the council said, “Following a thorough internal investigation under Trafford council’s disciplinary procedures, two licensing officers have been dismissed from duty on the grounds of gross professional misconduct.

“Trafford council would like to assure members of the public and the licensing trade that it takes all matters of misconduct seriously and robust processes are in place for the management of the taxi licensing process.”

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