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Coronavirus: Licensing - Taxis

Guidance for staff in the transport sector

The Department for Transport and Public Health England has issued guidance to transport sector workers.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-staff-in-the-transport-sector/covid-19-guidance-for-staff-in-the-transport-sector

Social distancing in the workplace during coronavirus (COVID-19): sector guidance

We are aware that the taxis and PHV trade are undertaking delivery work – please see the section on ‘Deliveries’ as well as ‘Transport businesses’. Measures contained in the section on ‘Use of private vehicles and car-pooling’ would apply to the taxi and private hire vehicle sector e.g. maintain good ventilation.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/social-distancing-in-the-workplace-during-coronavirus-covid-19-sector-guidance#transport-businesses

Insurance for undertaking deliveries

Association of British Insurers (ABI) motor insurance members have committed to support taxi and private hire drivers seeking alternative sources of income: licenced taxi or private hire drivers that had hire or reward insurance in place, as of 8 March, will not need to contact their insurer to extend their your existing cover while driving this vehicle to carry parcels, medical supplies, household goods, groceries or takeaway meals during the Covid-19 restrictions.

The ABI’s commitment will be in place until the end of the Covid-19 restrictions, or until 31 July 2020, whichever is sooner

https://www.abi.org.uk/products-and-issues/topics-and-issues/coronavirus-hub/motor-insurance/

Face masks

The UK does not currently advise use of face masks outside of care settings, in line with PPE guidance.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19

Assisting the trade

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed. More information on the scheme is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme 

The above is perhaps particularly relevant to the taxi and PHV trade but it is part of the measures announced, e.g. changes to Universal Credit - more info is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19

Licensing Committee Hearings

Local authorities in England have been handed new powers to hold public meetings virtually by using video or telephone conferencing until 7th May 2021. The Council is finalising the arrangements but once confirmed we will notify all drivers who are due to be attending hearings. Full guidance and training will be given before any hearings take place.

 

Summary

For the safety and protection of the public to drive a Hackney Carriage vehicle in the East Staffordshire Borough Council area you must hold a valid Hackney Carriage or Combined Drivers Licence issued by us.

An English Language Oral Skills Assessment will be carried out at a cost of £28.99 prior to submission of your application.

Fees

£330.00

Application form & guidance notes

Apply for a combined driver's licence

Please note that if you wish to apply for combined driver's licence you will need to download all of the above documents as well as Appendix F - Conditions of Private Hire Driver's Licence.

English Test

To demonstrate adequate English language skills you will be required to undertake and pass an English Language Oral Skills Assessment prior to submitting you’re application.

Guidance Notes – Oral Assessment.

Attachments required

  • DBS disclosure application form
  • current DVLA Driving Licence (original, not a copy), both the paper and photocard parts
  • original EEA passport; or original British birth certificate and evidence of National Insurance number (P45, P60 NI card)
  • one recent utility bill stating your name and address less than 3 months old (gas, electric, bank or credit card statement)
  • a medical report completed by your own doctor.

Legislation

To qualify as a driver you must:

  • have held a British DVLA licence for at least 12 months
  • have no relevant convictions or been determined by the General Licensing Sub Committee to be a fit and proper person
  • be medically fit
  • pass a skills assessment with DVSA
  • pass a knowledge and conditions test

Validity & renewals

3 years

Complaints

Please contact Taxi Licensing in the first instance.

Email

licensing@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

Renew your hackney carriage licence

Go to HC/PH renew your driver licence to renew your hackney carriage licence.