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Policy Private hire vehicle, operator and driver licensing policy

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6. Private hire driver's licence

 Requirements that need to be satisfied:

  1. The application form must be completed to our satisfaction and accompanied by the appropriate fee.
  2. A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application form must be completed to the council's and the DBS's satisfaction and forwarded to us with the current DBS fee and administration fee for carrying out the disclosure together with all the necessary supporting documents.
  3. Convictions recorded after the completion of the form must be reported in writing to us within seven days. Failure to do so may render the licence, if granted, liable to suspension or revocation.
  4. We will need to be satisfied that the applicant is a fit and proper person to hold a private hire driver's licence. The issue of a licence is dependent on a satisfactory report being received from the DBS.
  5. The applicant must hold or have held for at least twelve months prior to application, a licence granted under part III of the Road Traffic Acts 1972 and 1988 (not being a provisional licence) authorising them to drive a motor car.
  6. We have adopted a policy in relation to the relevance of convictions when applying for a private hire drivers licence.  Please seek advice from our licensing office should there be any doubt about the relevance of convictions before applying for a licence.
  7. New applicants for a hackney carriage or private hire driver’s licence who have not held a such a licence with us in the 12 months previous to the application or who have had their licence revoked be required to have passed the Driving Standards Agency taxi assessment test prior to issue of a licence or be able to produce a pass certificate which has been issued by the Driving Standards Agency not earlier than 12 months before the application date.
  8. All existing licensed hackney carriage or private hire driver whose licence shows 6 or more penalty points issued in one year or nine or more penalty points issued in a three-year period be required to take a Driving Standards Agency taxi driver assessment within three months of being notified in writing of the requirement by the licensing manager, and to produce a pass certificate to the licensing manager within 14 days of taking the assessment. Failure to produce a satisfactory assessment within the time period will immediately trigger referral to the licensing and enforcement committee or a sub-committee of that committee.
  9. Applicants must be conversant with the appropriate laws concerning private hire vehicles.
  10. All applicants for the grant or renewal of a private hire driver’s licence will be required to produce a certificate signed by a registered Medical Practitioner that the applicant is physically fit to be the driver of such vehicle, to Group 2 Standards. The certificate to be renewed every three years until the applicant reaches the age of 65 years when it will be required annually. Blank copies of the certificate (medical report) are available from the licensing office.
  11. Subject to the provisions of Section 70 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 the fee for the grant of a licence shall be as determined by us.