The Local Government Association (LGA) has updated the Councillor Handbook on Taxi and PHV Licensing.
The handbook is published to help councillors understand some of the key issues concerning taxi and PHV licensing and is intended as a starting point to explain some of the difficulties that can arise when licensing.
The LGA has included a new section on Disability and Equality issues.The updated document can be accessed at the following link:
Councillor Handbook-Taxi and PHV Licensing
The LGA website further states:
Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs) are vital to our communities;
whether it's the iconic black cab in our cities or the flexible minicab
in a rural district. As elected members, we are responsible for ensuring
the public travel safely and receive a good level of service, and that
our systems attract good, reputable drivers.
Our critical responsibilities in licensing these drivers and vehicles
have been highlighted by recent examples of licensed vehicle drivers
and/or operators being involved in the sexual exploitation of children.
Taxis are regularly used to transport children during the school run.
Elderly and disabled users also rely heavily on the door-to-door service
taxis and PHVs provide, as it is often the only way for many residents
to access local services. Clearly, drivers must therefore command the
highest level of confidence before they can be entrusted with this
responsibility. It is essential that we take seriously our
responsibility to determine whether someone is a ‘fit and proper' person
to hold a licence.