Wiltshire Council has said there is a shortage of taxi drivers in the county and is urging people to come forward to fill vacancies.
Taxis are an essential part of his transportation network, and he says they provide a valuable service to the community.
He said in a statement: “Not only does the community need taxi drivers, but Wiltshire Council also needs reliable drivers to fulfill its growing number of school and social SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) contracts.
“These contracts provide regular work and hours. They also help and support some of Wiltshire’s most vulnerable people.”
Councilor Dr Mark McClelland, Cabinet Member for Transport, added: “Council is committed to providing contracts across our services that offer the best value for money. Wiltshire needs a workforce with the right skills to thrive and more taxi drivers would help the council deliver on its commitment to ensure young people have the best start in life.
“Being a taxi driver is a flexible job and they can either work for a taxi company or be their own boss, deciding when and where they want to work. Local taxi companies currently have many vacancies and we are running a recruitment campaign on behalf of the taxi industry across the county.
“Becoming a licensed taxi driver is easy and once people become licensed taxi drivers we hope they will bid on one of the many SEND school transport and social care contracts we have. There are plenty of opportunities and plenty of work available.
Wiltshire Council has many contracts available which start at around £30 per day for short journeys, increasing to £250+ per day for longer journeys. Drivers are free to combine these contracts with rank work.
Becoming a taxi driver takes around six weeks and costs around £400. To be licensed, people must provide proof and carry out these simple checks:
- Identity proof
- Driver’s license held
- Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check for prior convictions and prohibition on working with children
- Right to work in the UK
- Medical (if applicable)
- Take online protection training
- Take a guidelines test
- Knowledge test (if applying for a cab license)
For more information, visit wiltshire.gov.uk/licenses-permits-transport
To find out more about SEND School Transport and Social Care contracts and how to bid for an email, please email Wiltshire Council’s Passenger Transport Unit at Passengertransport@wiltshire.gov .uk