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Statutory Taxi & Private Hire Vehicle Standards Survey

The DfT has advised licensing authorities to consult on any proposed changes to licensing rules that may have significant impacts on passengers and/or the trade.  Cambridge City Council is therefore conducting a consultation to seek the views of the trade, members of the public, as well as a wide range of partner agencies and stakeholders, on the adoption of the new standards in full.

During survey respondents are asked if they agree or disagree with proposed changes. 

Report will be presented to Committee Members during Licensing Committee meeting scheduled for 25th January 2021

Consultation closing date and time: 30 December 2020, 11.55pm

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* 1. Drivers will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check with searches on both barred lists every 6 months.

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* 2. New driver applicants will be required to obtain a recognised qualification or undertake an English language proficiency course as part of the application process.

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* 3. Applicants and proprietors of vehicle licences (who are not existing holders of a driver’s licence) will be subject to a Basic Disclosure check every 12 months.

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* 4. Applicants for vehicle and proprietor licences, who have lived abroad for anytime in the 5-year period immediately prior to applying for a licence, will be required to provide a ‘Certificate of Good Character’ authenticated and translated by the relevant Embassy, where appropriate.

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* 5. Applicants and proprietors of operator licences (who are not existing holders of a driver’s licence) to be subject to a Basic Disclosure check every 12 months. Where a company or partnership applies or holds a licence then each director or partner will be required to produce a Basic Disclosure certificate.

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* 6. It shall become a condition of an operator’s licence that the operator maintains a live register of all booking and dispatch staff, where applicable.

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* 7. It shall become a condition of an operator’s licence that the operator must require and declare that all booking and dispatch staff have been subject to a Basic Disclosure, where applicable.

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* 8. It shall become a condition of an operator’s licence that the operator must maintain the details set out at No. 8 of the ‘Consultation Document’ for every booking for a minimum of 6 months

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* 9. It shall become a condition of an operator’s licence that the operator must register with the Information Commissioner’s Officer (ICO) as a data controller, where applicable.

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* 10. It shall become a condition of an operator’s licence that the operator must not use a passenger carrying vehicle (PCV) licensed driver and a public service vehicle (PSV) to fulfil a booking without the consent of the booker. Where used, the booker must be advised the driver is subject to different checks.

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* 11. All licence holders will be required to notify the licensing authority within 48 hours of any arrest and release, charge or conviction of any sexual offence, any offence involving dishonesty or violence and any motoring offence.

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* 12. Any decision by the licensing authority to refuse to grant or revoke a licence to an individual thought to present a risk of harm to a child or vulnerable adult will be referred to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Rationale for referral are set out at No. 12 of the ‘Consultation Document’.

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* 13. The eligibility criteria set out at No. 13 in the ‘Consultation Document’ (relating to the assessment of previous convictions) will be adopted in the determination of granting or renewing taxi and private hire licences.

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* 14. Respondent details 

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* 15. Date of Survey completion 

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