Suzy Lamplugh Trust’s longest running campaign has been for the licensing of the operators and drivers of minicabs in London. Every year hundreds of crimes, including many rapes and sexual assaults, are linked to illegal and unlicensed minicab drivers.


In January 1998, the Trust held a special conference on the issue which obtained all party support with speakers including Glenda Jackson, the Minister for Transport in London and Dr. Jenny Tonge, MP for Richmond. Also unanimous was the support from the London Tourist Board, the Consumers Association, the Metropolitan Police and the National Council of Women. Sir George Young sponsored a private members bill to licence mini cabs and The Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act was finally passed later that year.


Since then the Trust has closely monitored the enforcement of this legislation and continues to raise awareness of the danger of illegal minicabs and the importance of planning in advance to get home safely. In 2011, it worked with TFL, Travelwatch and other groups to raise the issue of the necessity of enhanced CRB checks being made available to all taxi licensing authorities as part of the licensing process. The outcome of this action is that enhanced CRB checks will continue to be used by licensing authorities in assessing individual applications.


The Trust provides information to warn people about the use of unbooked minicabs, through for example, our support of the Safe Travel at Night campaign which TFL runs around Christmas each year.