Manchester

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.

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