Following specialist opinion from Public Health, drivers who are licensed with City of Wolverhampton Council are advised that they should wear a face-covering at all times when passengers are inside their vehicle. Passengers travelling within the vehicle must use a face-covering unless they have a medical condition preventing the use of face coverings.
City of Wolverhampton drivers are hereby authorised to refuse carriage to people who do not have a medical exemption and who refuse to wear a face covering.
Where a face covering cannot be worn for medical reasons, the passenger is expected to sit in the rear of the vehicle and as far away from the driver as possible. The windows should, where practicable, be open for the entire journey to provide adequate ventilation.
On those occasions when a driver is asked to prove his identity, the face-covering may be temporarily removed.
The government has released its response to the Report of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing - follow the link to read the full report.
Some newspapers have led with sensationalist headlines heralding changes that may affect drivers livelihoods and this could be very worrying for drivers. Nothing is going to happen immediately. The changes that are being suggested, in the main, are what the Council already require. One of the areas of concern for many of the 'out of area' drivers is the proposal to introduce a requirement that journeys begin and end in the same licensing authority area the licence was issued. The Government have said they will explore this issue further, no formal proposal is included on this issue and it is likely to require new legislation. It is therefore unlikely that there will be any changes in the near future. Any legislative changes are also likely to include a long transition period.
SIGNS, NOTICES, ADVERTISEMENTS
No signs, notices, advertisements, plates, marks, numbers, letters, figures, symbols, emblems or devices whatsoever shall be displayed on, in or from the vehicle without the express written permission of Licensing Services.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Licensing Authority hereby confirms that in relation to condition 5, stickers reinforcing Covid-19 safety messages will be permitted on the following basis:
- The stickers must be transparent and not impede the drivers view;
- No more than four stickers per vehicle;
- They must remain in excellent condition, free from scratches or tears;
- They must not contain any advertisement or branding of any kind;
- No sticker must be larger than size A5 [148mm x 210mm].
This is valid until 31st December 2020, when the position will be reviewed.
The position in relation to partitions/screens remains unchanged. For more information please visit Partitions.
The following resolution was made at the City of Wolverhampton Council Licensing Committee meeting on 12th July 2017.
All drivers will have had to have attended a Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)/Safeguarding course by the time of their next badge renewal. That child sexual exploitation training is mandatory for all private hire licence holders and that all current drivers, who have not yet undertaken the training, must undertake the training within one year of the date of the decision of the Licensing Committee. Should a driver fail to do so their badge will not be renewed.
If you have already attended a course after 25th September 2015 then you will not be required to attend the safeguarding course.
If you wish to change your name, you will need all of the following for us to process this:
- Your DVLA Driving Licence in your current name.
- A Deed Poll certificate showing your current name. This certificate must either be enrolled via the Magistrates’ Court, endorsed by a solicitor, or completed via the UK Deed Poll Office.
- Your right to work documents in your current name – If you require further guidance please see out Right to Work page.
If all of the above have not been provided, we will not be able to process your change of name request. Any previous names must be declared during your application for a DBS certificate, and your application for a licence.
If you have all of the above, please email original copies to Driver.Lic@wolverhampton.gov.uk who will advise you further.