Only one of the complainants is actually named in the NotW articles, and this individual has subsequently been subject to some abusive and threatening messages on taxi trade discussion forums. For example:
Seen JUDAS ****** looking very sheepish when he was fueling up at montrose terrace making sure no one was around .Has he changed garage is he hidding from anyone. Hope he meets with a accident sooner rather than later, maybe he's worked that one out that's how he wears pampers so as not to soil the sheet sorry seat . remember keep lickin JUDAS [Real name omitted]A subsequent allegation is that the individual in question once assaulted his wife, but the charges were dropped, hence he has a grudge against the council. Of course, if the allegation is true then this certainly greatly diminishes the individual concerned, but this isn't really of any great relevance to the substance of the newspaper exposé on the black market. And, naturally, the abusive and threatening messages are being meted out by people cowering behind pseudonyms.
But it's thus perhaps unsurprising that the two NotW articles rely almost wholly on anonymous sources, despite the fact that the market in licences has been going on for many years, covers quite a few local authorities and has been known about by one of the quoted politicians for a considerable time. A related issue is that the drivers hired by the licence holders are casually employed, thus can be sacked on the whim of the vehicle owners. Thus they tend to keep their heads down.
But this seems typical of the kind of mess generated by political neglect and sucking up to vested interests. At least one of the holier-than-thou councils promising to investigate any irregularities has been aware of what's being going on for years, but has done nothing, and instead the result is the hate and vitriol directed towards any heretic who's willing to as much as state the facts and raise questions about what's going on.
Clearly the 'new politics' hasn't yet extended to taxi licensing.