Consultation on Draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy

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Requirement to subscribe to the DBS Update Service

The Council is proposing to require all those who are granted a licence to drive hackney carriage and/or private hire vehicles to subscribe to the DBS Update Service and to remain subscribed throughout the period that they hold such a licence.  The Council will then carry out a DBS update check using this service at least every six months in respect of each licence holder.

This change is proposed in direct response to the recommendations in the Department for Transport’s Statutory Standards.

1. Do you have any evidence of a compelling local reason why the Council should not adopt this requirement?

 
Use of the National Register of Revocations and Refusals (NR3)

The Council is proposing to use the National Register of Revocations and Refusals (NR3) to check the details of all applicants for licences to drive hackney carriage and/or private hire vehicles to confirm that there is no record of them having been revoked or refused elsewhere.

The Council is proposing to use NR3 to record details of applications for licences that is has refused and licences that it has revoked.

The use of NR3 is proposed in direct response to the recommendations in the Department for Transport’s Statutory Standards.

2. Do you have any evidence of a compelling local reason why the Council should not use NR3 for these purposes?

 
Child and Adult Barred Lists

In the interests of public safety, the Council is proposing to adopt the stance that it will not licence any individual that appears on either of the children and adult barred lists maintained by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
This stance is proposed in direct response to the recommendations in the Department for Transport’s Statutory Standards.

3. Do you have any evidence of a compelling local reason why the Council should not adopt this stance?