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Preston City Council asks for residents’ views on new taxi licensing policies

Posted on - 20th September, 2021 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston Council, Preston News, Transport
Taxi rank at Preston Station Pic: tony Worrall
Taxi rank at Preston Station Pic: tony Worrall

Preston City Council has invited residents to have their say on new taxi and private hire licensing policies.

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The council have launched a consultation on new draft policies to licence and regulate taxi and private hire vehicles, drivers and operators.

The review of existing policies and procedures responds to government guidance issued last year called Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards.

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Councillor David Borrow, a cabinet member for planning and regulation, said: “The latest review of our policies will help us ensure that we are supporting the taxi and private hire trades and their passengers.

“We already have high standards in Preston, and many of the recommendations will only strengthen safeguarding measures for the benefit of drivers and passengers.

“I hope members of the public, as well as licence holders and other stakeholders, take the time to fill out the consultation questionnaire, the results of which will be considered as part of the decision-making process.”

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Changes include regular Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for drivers, vehicle proprietors and operators, along with improving ‘staying safe’ guidance for passengers.

The consultation is open for responses until 22 October 2021.

For more information, visit – https://www.preston.gov.uk/taxilicensingpolicyconsultation

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