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Birmingham City Council approve safety screens in taxis

The use of safety screens in Birmingham's mini cabs has been approved by the city's licensing committee.

Police have been working with drivers on safety since the murder of Birmingham taxi driver Mohammed Arshad.

The father of three died after he was found injured in Wast Hills Lane, Kings Norton in July 2009.

The council has approved the use of the screens but will not be assisting with the cost.

Pete Barrow, head of licensing at Birmingham city Council, said: "The drivers are self employed, it's their own choice, it's their own vehicle and really the funding is not something the council can help with."

Barry Salinger, vice chairman of West Midlands Taxi Forum, said: "The risk is there for everybody.

"If the council were to put something towards it then the driver wouldn't feel so much out of pocket."

A 28-year-old man from Kings Norton has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Arshad and faces trial in November.

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