Don’t get caught out!
Taxi drivers need to be aware of falling foul of council’s licensing policies and breaching the conditions that apply to their hackney carriage and private hire driver licences. Failure to comply can result in the loss of their licence, which can have serious consequences for their livelihood.
Licensing policies and conditions are in place to ensure that taxi drivers operate safely and legally, whilst also protecting passengers and the wider public.
They often include requirements relating to the following:
Reporting Incidents to the Licensing Committee
Policies regularly require drivers to report any incidents to the licensing authority within a certain deadline. This includes accidents, criminal convictions, and any other incidents that could affect their ability to drive safely or professionally, including attendance at a speed awareness course. Failure to report matters often lead to drivers being asked to attend before a licensing committee.
Driver Conduct and Professionalism
Councils licensing policies may have requirements for drivers relating to conduct and professionalism. This includes requirements such as dress code, communication and timeliness. If complaints are received relating to these matters drivers may find themselves being asked to attend an interview with the licensing officer or a hearing before the licensing committee.
Compliance with Regulations
Taxi drivers must comply with all relevant regulations, including those related to vehicle safety, insurance, and licensing. This includes having a valid hackney carriage or private hire licence, insurance coverage, and a safe and roadworthy vehicle. The council carry out regular checks and inspections to ensure compliance with these regulations. Failure to comply can result in penalties or the loss of a licence.
Drivers need to be aware of the council’s licensing policies and conditions. If in doubt, ask. And if you do find yourself being called before the licensing committee, seek advice. Investing in legal assistance at an early stage can often save time, money and worry in the long run.
Sintons can help and support taxi drivers.