Taxi drivers

Authorities could ask taxi drivers to IMPROVE DRIVING STANDARDS under licensing proposals

Local authorities could ask taxi and PHV drivers to IMPROVE driving standards under new licensing guidance proposals

Local authorities could be asked to require taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) drivers to IMPROVE their standard of driving under new licensing guidance proposals created by the government.

The government recently launched a 12-week consultation to update vital taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) guidance provided to local authorities to better cope with new digital ways of working following the rise of carpooling services.

In the latest proposed guidance, the government suggests that improved standards of driving competence would be seen as “appropriate and proportionate” alongside other elements of licensing.

In the consultation version of the new Taxi and PHV Licensing Best Practice Guide, the Department for Transport (DfT) suggests: “The Road Safety Statement released in 2019 stated that “The need to improve safety road does not stop at the driving test; nor does it exclude those who drive or ride professionally or as part of their job. Licensing authorities should require drivers of taxis and private hire vehicles to demonstrate a higher level of driving ability, as would be expected of a professional driver.

“The application of a higher standard than private motorists is considered appropriate and proportionate and is consistent with other elements of taxi driver and private hire vehicle licensing, for example medical and visual assessments.”

The DfT first issued best practice guidance to licensing authorities in 2006 and these were updated in 2010.

It is now recognized that much has changed in the taxi and PHV industry and the time has come to update the guidelines to ensure they reflect new ways of working, new technologies and feedback interested parties.

The consultation will take place over 12 weeks from March 28 to June 20, 2022 at 11:45 p.m.