How to apply and costs for private hire taxi, hackney carriage and minibus licences. Mandatory Child Sexual Exploitation / Safeguarding training sessions are taking place in April which drivers must attend before their private hire licence is renewed. Find out more below.
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.
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.
The Mandatory training is provided free of charge and there are three sessions per day at 9.00am, 11.00am, 1.00pm and they are available on a drop-in basis. The dates are 3rd, 9th and 29th April at Aldersley Leisure Centre.