Wiltshire Council is calling for more licensed taxi drivers in the area as vital special education contracts worth over £250 a day for longer journeys remain unfulfilled.
Taxis are seen as an essential part of the transport network providing a valuable service to the local community and in Wiltshire there is a shortage of taxi drivers.
Not only does the community need taxi drivers, Wiltshire Council also needs reliable drivers to fulfill its growing number of school and social SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) contracts. These contracts offer regular work and hours. They are also helping and supporting some of the most vulnerable people in Wiltshire.
Cllr Dr Mark McClelland, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “The council is committed to providing contracts across our services that offer the best value for money. Wiltshire needs a hand workforce equipped with the right skills to thrive and more taxi drivers would help the council deliver on our commitment to giving young people 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 a lot of vacancies and we are running a recruitment drive on behalf of the countywide taxi industry.
“Becoming a licensed taxi driver is easy and once people become licensed drivers we hope they will bid on one of the many SEND school bus and welfare contracts we have. There are lots of opportunities and lots 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:
Driver’s license held
Improved 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).
Anyone wishing to find out more about how to become a taxi driver, how to register a vehicle as a taxi, private hire vehicle or carriage, and for an application can visit Wiltshire’s taxi information page on their website.
Drivers interested in learning more about the council’s SEND School Bus and Welfare Contracts and how to bid are asked to email Wiltshire Council Passenger Transport Unit.