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FOI 8061

Taxi Licensing

Request

1 If an operator makes a check with the licensing office to check if a driver has renewed his badge at the time of licence expiry will you provide this information to the operator. This would relate to a driver that works for the operator making


2 If an operator makes a check to see if a private hire vehicle licence has been renewed at the time of licence expiry will the licensing office confirm whether or not the licence has been renewed. This would apply to a vehicle licence that is operated by the operator asking the question.

3 does the council keep a centralised log of its taxi licensing enforcement activity so that statistics and details of enforcement can be easily accessed.

In relation to question 1 and 2 I suppose I am asking does the council share certain information in relation to public safety.

Response

1 If an operator makes a check with the licensing office to check if a driver has renewed his badge at the time of licence expiry will you provide this information to the operator. This would relate to a driver that works for the operator making

Yes it is essential that the operator is aware that his drivers are adequately licensed. We would also inform an operator as a matter of course if we are aware of the potential for them to be employing an unlicensed driver whether request for information has been made of not.

2 If an operator makes a check to see if a private hire vehicle licence has been renewed at the time of licence expiry will the licensing office confirm whether or not the licence has been renewed. This would apply to a vehicle licence that is operated by the operator asking the question. 

 Yes, Response totally as in question 1.

3 does the council keep a centralised log of its taxi licensing enforcement activity so that statistics and details of enforcement can be easily accessed.

Yes we keep a log although it is not centralized as such. The enforcement activity would be entered onto the personal electronic file of each driver/vehicle/operator. We also keep a log of general activity including enforcement to indicate the time spend in total on reach activity for the purpose of feeding into the accurate calculation of fees.

In relation to question 1 and 2 I suppose I am asking does the council share certain information in relation to public safety.

Although not a question as such, I would state here that we view public safety as the main purpose of any licensing regime and whilst we will deal with all applicants and matters of enforcement in a pragmatic and fair way, the safety of the public will always come first. Most information pertaining to a licence is in the public domain, however, in relation to specific matters of enforcement, whilst this will not be generally shared (statistics may be but specifics not) it will be shared with appropriate authorities and officers were appropriate or necessary to do so.