The council says licences have already been suspended in the case of three men charged by police in connection with the affray. It is deciding whether the licence plates themselves should be withdrawn. If this was done it would mean the vehicles could no longer operate as taxis, regardless of who owns them.
The council has warned all operators that any incidents of serious misconduct might not only result in the suspension of licences for drivers but in the loss of the taxi itself. This would obviously have implications for any sale of the business.
A council spokesman said that after the tragic incident people needed to be assured that the Luton taxi trade operates at the highest levels of safety and conduct. The council maintains rigorous licensing standards to ensure drivers and vehicles provide a service the public demands.