Trafford taxi licensing officers suspended

Two taxi licensing officers have been suspended as part of a financial investigation by Trafford Council, the BBC understands.

It is understood the inquiry is focused on allegations that officers accepted payments to issue licences quickly.

A spokeswoman said it was "inappropriate" to comment on the taxi licensing team members' suspensions.

Greater Manchester Police has confirmed the force is also investigating the allegations.

A source told the BBC that allegations had been made that a number of "bungs of up to £300" had been taken to issue licences before the administrative process had been completed.

Trafford Council charges £184.50 for a private hire or Hackney cab licence and requires drivers to be a fit and proper person aged over 21.

The council's website states that driver checks and administration should take up to eight weeks from the receipt of an application.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites