Taxis and private hire vehicles that are licensed by GM local authorities are expected to meet a set of safety standards by 2024.

This comes after Greater Manchester leaders have published a set of standards, The Minimum Licensing Standards for vehicles, which are designed to make taxi and private hire services safer and more customer focused as well as meeting high environmental and accessibility standards.

The standards focus on four areas; vehicles, drivers, operators and local authorities.

The safety measures within these categories include criminal record checks, vehicle emissions and age, accessiblity and medical examinations, as well as a longer list to ensure members of the public are safe.

Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Bev Hughes, said: “Everyone who uses a taxi in Greater Manchester should feel safe doing so and that’s exactly what these standards set out to achieve.

"It is a really important milestone to see the final standards being published and soon coming into force.

"We look forward to working with all partners to implement these new measures.

“The co-operation we’ve had from taxi and private hire vehicle owners has been invaluable, and I would like to thank them for their insights and contributions to the public consultation and engagement events that have helped us shape these final standards.”