Drivers with convictions for offences such as assault, housebreaking and drink-driving were issued taxi licences last year, a BBC Scotland investigation has revealed.

Councils approved 1,584 applications from people with convictions.

Data obtained by the BBC also shows that councils received more than 1,200 taxi-related complaints in 2014 – a small rise on the previous year.

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