Have your say on changes to our taxi licensing proposals

  1. What is this consultation about
  2. How is this different to the previous consultation
  3. What difference will these changes make
  4. Who are we consulting
  5. What are the changes to the licensing proposals (You are here)
  6. Have your say
  7. What happens next

What are the changes to the licensing proposals

We have made further changes to our proposals in response to the previous consultation. The key changes are:

  • Driver requirements
    • Clarification in relation to determination of fitness and propriety
    • Extra factors that we will use to assess fitness and propriety
    • Applicants must have held a driving licence for four years, instead of five
    • The Council may use social media profiling as part of application process
    • All drivers required to subscribe to Disclosure and Barring Service Update Service
    • Policy will apply immediately with regard to convictions, cautions etc.
    • Entry level 3 requirement in English and maths
    • Applicants who fail knowledge test 3 times cannot take test again for a period of 12 months
    • Alternative qualifications to BTEC still accepted. Applicants must show that it covers all aspects of the BTEC course
    • NVQ not accepted as direct alternative to BTEC
    • BTEC valid for three years from date of issue. After this time applicants must show evidence of continuing professional development or refresher training
    • All drivers must undertake child and adult safeguarding awareness training. Required within three months of policy introduction
    • Further checks to confirm applicant’s ability to legally work in the UK
  • Hackney carriages and private hire vehicles
    • Private hire vehicles cannot be white. Exceptional circumstances may allow for exemption
    • Cannot use space saving or spare wheels, except in an emergency
    • Must notify Council of an accident within 1 working day (change from 72 hours)
    • Meters only required in hackney carriages, not private hire vehicles
    • CCTV systems not required to record audio and video, just video
    • CCTV systems required in all vehicles within 3 months
    • Wheelchair access permitted by suitable rear doors
    • Further clarification on use of taxi ranks
  • Private hire operators
    • Clarification on making an assessment of fitness and propriety
    • All operators must undertake child and adult safeguarding awareness training
    • Operators cannot use or transfer trading names within six months of a licence being revoked
    • New paragraph inserted outlining responsibility of operators towards their drivers
    • Actions/conduct of drivers and condition of vehicles may affect fitness and propriety of operator
    • Operator may receive enforcement penalty points
  • Compliance and enforcement
    • Primary focus is public safety
    • Challenges to a licence suspension or revocation only by appeal to the Magistrates Court. Licence holders will no longer be able to have their case heard by the Licensing Board
    • Clarification that scheme applies to drivers, vehicles and operators
    • When considering complaints the credibility of complainant and driver will be taken into account
  • Children under age 10 not allowed to travel in the front seat. Children under age 18 only allowed to travel in the front seat if every other seat has a child in it

Download the revised licensing policy and supplements

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