The council secured government funding to help prevent violence against women and girls and recruit more licensed taxi drivers for the city.
The funding includes £200 of free training each for the first 50 applicants by March 31.
Funding has been made available to ensure that enough licensed taxi services are available in the city. It comes as driver numbers have plummeted during the pandemic and concerns have been raised about the availability of safe travel for those in need.
The council is therefore supporting York’s taxi business by urging more people to consider the flexibility that driving offers in terms of working hours and earning potential and to become drivers.
A condition for funding is that the free training and follow-up local knowledge test must be booked by the end of this fiscal year on March 31. Applicants who can do so will also have the fee for the required Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check paid by the council if it is also completed by March 31.
Whether you are driving as a self employed Hackney taxi driver or working for one of York’s licensed private hire operators the requirements are a valid driver’s license with no more than seven points, no history of an offense serious and the desire to help people travel safely. . Drivers can register their own vehicle or they can contact local operators to see what help is available to drive one of their vehicles.
Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Transport Executive, said:
York’s licensed taxi drivers make an important contribution to the city by helping people make safe travel choices.
“The job offers many benefits, including flexibility and great earning potential. So if you’re a great driver, want to work whatever hours you choose, be your own boss, and earn lots of money, get in touch. -we !
“Among the £200 of free training we’ve offered ahead of the government’s March 31 deadline are incentives, including grants of up to £3,000 to buy hybrid taxis and funding to support running costs of fully electric taxis.”
Anyone interested in applying should contact the council who will be in touch with more information on the taxi driving profession, training details and contact details for all taxi companies in York. Please visit the advice website, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01904 553017 and leave a message.