Re: And he would have gotten away with it too
I'm sure there are problems with taxi regulation. It doesn't excuse even worse, zero regulation which is what Uber entails. Almost anybody can be a driver and there is little redress for complaint either.
Most UK councils will at least require you present your medical history, criminal and motoring convictions. And if you operate a taxi without a license, or fraudulently obtain a license you could end up being convicted.
Personally I think having councils do this vetting is highly inconsistent. Even if the councile issues the license, the actual vetting and standards applied should be consistent across the board with databases that track applicants trying to game one authority against another.