A consultation has been launched on policies to help improve the quality of Bristol’s taxi service for drivers and passengers.
Taxi drivers and representatives of the trade, as well customers and members of the public are being asked to give their views on several changes to improve the taxi and private hire licensing standards in the city.
Most of the proposed changes will bring us in line with new national standards and include:
- a requirement for all licensed drivers to subscribe to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) update service
- revisions to the Fit and Proper Person policy including changes to the convictions policy
- the introduction of a new Private Hire Operators policy that formalises operators’ responsibilities
- enhanced mandatory safeguarding training for drivers
- a requirement for all hackney carriage vehicles to have a card payment system
- a change to the existing policy for private hire vehicles to allow tinted rear windows, but only where they are supplied as standard on a vehicle and meet safety regulations.
The proposed changes relating to the DBS update service and Private Hire Operators’ policy have been recommended following the publication of national standards by the government.
The changes relating to tints and a mandatory card payment system have been requested by the city’s taxi drivers.
Further information on the proposed changes can be found within the survey. The consultation will finish on 21 March 2021.
To read the draft policy and to take part visit bristol.gov.uk/taxiconsultation