A public consultation exercise, launched by the city council on September 8, is due to end one week Friday October 22 before the authority publishes its taxi policy for the next five years.
Drastic changes have been made to the rules for how 187 black taxis and 650 private rental vehicles can operate in an ongoing attempt to keep passengers and drivers safe.
Among the changes are the end of shorter probationary licenses issued to taxi drivers, mandatory subscription to the DBS update service for all licensed drivers and annual DBS checks for private rental operators.
Taxi companies will be required to have enhanced ‘stay safe’ guidelines for passengers and all license holders will be required to notify council within 48 hours of an arrest and release, charge or conviction for any sexual offense, any offense involving dishonesty or violence and any traffic violation.
“The overarching objective of the licensing regime for taxis and private rentals is to protect the public by ensuring that all drivers, vehicles and operators are licensed and regulated by the local licensing authority.” , indicates a report that will be presented to the council’s taxis and miscellaneous committee. tomorrow.
Preston’s black taxi numbers are capped at 187, but the council allows around 300 drivers as well as around 660 private drivers from 39 operators in the city.
The council issues licenses to all black taxis and private hire vehicles for up to six months, which means taxis all undergo exams and tests twice a year to ensure they are safe. on the road.
“This authority is confident that registered vehicles operating in its area can do so safely and believes that the inspection and testing of registered vehicles twice a year provides that assurance,” the report said.
“Protection is at the heart of this policy. Procedures and practices, including license conditions and law enforcement reflect the importance of protection and will seek to promote the well-being of children, vulnerable people, passengers in general and licensed drivers. “
To give your opinion on taxi licensing, go to the Preston Council website: https://www.preston.gov.uk/taxilicensingpolicyconsultation Or you can email the authority at: [emailÂ protected] .