Taxi and PHV licensing - Councillor's handbook (England and Wales)

published by LGA

22 December 2016

Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs) are vital to our communities; whether it's the iconic black cab in our cities or the flexible minicab in a rural district. As elected members, we are responsible for ensuring the public travel safely and receive a good level of service, and that our systems attract good, reputable drivers.

Our critical responsibilities in licensing these drivers and vehicles have been highlighted by recent examples of licensed vehicle drivers and/or operators being involved in the sexual exploitation of children. Taxis are regularly used to transport children during the school run. Elderly and disabled users also rely heavily on the door-to-door service taxis and PHVs provide, as it is often the only way for many residents to access local services. Clearly, drivers must therefore command the highest level of confidence before they can be entrusted with this responsibility. It is essential that we take seriously our responsibility to determine whether someone is a ‘fit and proper' person to hold a licence.

Facts and figures

  • In England and Wales, there were around 76,000 taxis and 166,000 PHVs as at the end of March 2015.
  • There are an estimated 297,000 licensed taxi and PHV drivers in England and Wales.
  • Taxis and PHVs together account for just over one per cent of all trip stages per person per year in Great Britain. This is about 600 million trip stages or around 3 million miles a year.
  • An estimated 58 per cent of all taxis are wheelchair accessible in England and Wales.

LGA example taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) licensing criminal convictions policy - this document provides an example of a taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) licensing convictions policy and has been developed to assist licensing authorities in developing their own policies.

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16 January 2017