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Cabinet approves more background checks and whistleblower policy for Barnsley taxi drivers

The new licensing policy, which will affect both private drivers and carriage drivers, proposes a number of changes to the way checks are carried out on drivers and operators.

Changes to the policy include six monthly criminal record checks for drivers, a requirement for license holders to notify the council within 48 hours of an arrest, charge or conviction for specific offences, checks more regular vehicle security checks and DBS checks for vehicle owners, operators and booking and dispatch staff.

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The new licensing policy, which will affect both private drivers and carriage drivers, proposes a number of changes to the way checks are carried out on drivers and operators.

A whistleblower policy is also proposed, with the aim of “promoting self-monitoring by the licensed trade”.

Councilor Steve Green, chairman of the General Licensing Regulatory Council, said the policy would be reviewed “at least” every five years.

Council leader Sir Steve Houghton CBE told the meeting that ‘public safety must come first every time’.

The proposals will be considered in plenary council on February 3.