Category Archive: Licensing issues

Jul 07

Cabbies ‘would be forced off the road’ as Hull council says they may ban diesel taxis from 2018

Councillor Martin Mancey has said the council may ban giving new taxi licences to diesel drivers Taxi drivers would be ‘forced off the road’ if the city council stopped issuing licences to those with diesel vehicles, it is claimed. Councillor Martin Mancey, portfolio holder for strategic transport, has suggested the Guildhall may consider following London, …

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Jan 26

National Campaign Save Taxis & Private Hire from unregulated Uber with TFL Public Inquiry

Petitioning Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May MP and 1 other National Campaign Save Taxis & Private Hire from unregulated Uber with TFL Public Inquiry Campaign for TFL Public Inquiry     Please sign the petition and share by email and tweet with as many people as you can. It …

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Jan 11

New taxi licences suspended by council amidst chaos at offices

The suspension comes after Knowsley Council removed the ‘street knowledge’ test and there was a spike in applications The issuing of new taxi licences in Knowsley as the council struggles to cope with a deluge of applications. The move follows changes to the licensing process which some critics say have made it too easy to …

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Oct 23

Call for change in Scunthorpe taxi system after driver narrowly avoids losing licence

A CALL has been made for a ‘taxi queuing system’ to be put into place across the whole of Scunthorpe, following its success at the town’s train station. The suggestion has been made by the chairman of the Scunthorpe and District Taxi Association and follows a case heard by North Lincolnshire Council during which one …

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Oct 23

Councillor pledges to reverse any changes to taxi licensing if Tories are voted into power in Derby

Councillor Mick Barker believes the council has improved its licensing of taxi drivers over the last few years and does not want to see the system change. Any changes made to Derby’s taxi licensing system will be quickly reversed if the Tories are voted into power, a leading Conservative councillor says. Oakwood councillor Mick Barker …

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Oct 22

Union plans legal action over council wheelchair taxi dispute

A taxi drivers’ union is planning to take legal action against Dundee City Council in a row over wheelchair accessible vehicles. GMB Scotland has made the decision amid a three-year dispute with the council. The current system — which the GMB describes as a “two-tier workforce” — requires some drivers to buy wheelchair accessible vehicles, which …

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Oct 21

Updated rules on offenders applying for taxi licences in Barrow in wake of Rotherham child abuse scandal

NEW guidelines have been approved spelling out when former offenders can become taxi drivers in Barrow. A policy review for licensing hackney carriages and private cars has been completed and given the green light. According to the policy’s wording, offenders convicted of murder, manslaughter, rape, and other serious crimes will have their application refused “unless …

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Oct 21

Rotherham Council regains powers to grant taxi licences after ban in wake of child sex scandal

Licensing powers are the latest to be handed back to the council after a period of reform following damning reports which found that the local authority and South Yorkshire Police had turned a blind eye to men of predominantly Pakistani heritage abusing 1,400 vulnerable girls over a 16-year period. The council’s licensing powers cover driving …

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Oct 14

South Tyneside Council bosses asked to close taxi licence loopholes after incidents

Council bosses in South Tyneside are being asked to close loopholes in taxi licensing laws. They will be told next week that a man who drove his car through a barrier to confront council staff after they twice refused to give him a taxi licence now has permission to drive minibuses. David Cramond Another driver …

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Sep 16

‘Where to Guv, Raqqa?’ UK taxi drivers get Prevent training

Middle East Eye reports that taxi drivers in the UK are being trained to become the “eyes and ears” of local authorities and police in the hunt for potential terrorists as part of safeguarding schemes being rolled out across the country. Drivers in several British towns and cities are receiving Prevent counter-terrorism training as part …

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