Published: Wednesday, 6 January 2021
The draft policy will be subject to consultation until midday 16th March 2021
The New Taxi Licensing Policies 2021 is required to be approved by full Council following the consultation period. The existing Taxi licensing Policy is still in effect until the new policy is approved and you DO NOT need to follow any of the amendments identified in the New Policy
The Council is required to update the Taxi Licensing Policy following a comprehensive review under The Policing and Crime Act 2017, which introduced Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles Standards for the first time.
The statutory changes relate to:
- English verbal and written proficiency. This is a requirement for all drivers new and renewal to provide proof of their proficiency in English, where English is not their first language. The Council has identified a 1 day certificated Course with other authorities which comply with this requirement. An ISE I Secure English Language Test (SELT) at CEFR level B1 is required to be submitted with all new applications and be required prior to an application being made.
- Mandatory requirement for regular Safeguarding and County Lines training to be undertaken
- DBS checks will require applicants to subscribe to the updating service and provide the Council to access the records
- The fit and proper person’s tests have been updated and the offences restricting persons to operate within the taxi industry have been tightened.
- Persons who work for operators will be required to undertake a DBS through the operators licence and a register of operatives is required to be sent to the Council and maintained.
- Provision of CCTV and applicable use within Taxis is addressed. The Council Is not currently advocating the comprehensive installation of CCTV cameras within this Policy amendment however the policy does permit the use of CCTV should drivers or operators wish to install it.
In addition to this, the Council are also consulting on a number of things.