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Consultation on draft taxi licensing policy


The Council has launched a consultation on new draft policies on how it licences and regulates Preston's taxi and private hire vehicles, drivers, and operators, and would like your views.

It has been reviewing its existing policies and procedures in response to Government guidance issued last year called 'Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards' and produced a draft policy with appendices and a consultation questionnaire and it is hoped that members of the public, licence holders and other stakeholders take the time to respond on-line or in writing.

Proposed changes include:

  • 6 monthly DBS checks, instead of every 3 years, for drivers
  • Annual DBS checks for vehicle proprietors and operators
  • Revised guidelines on the relevance of convictions for applicants and licence holders
  • Revised notification requirements by licence holders in respect of offences
  • Improved 'staying safe' guidance for passengers
  • Public information notices to be displayed in vehicles
  • Improved liaison arrangements with operators
  • Operators to undertake DBS checks on non-driver staff and provide training
  • Operators to publish policies on Customer Care & Complaints, Data Protection, Equality and Employing Ex-Offenders.

Icon for pdf View the Taxi Licensing Policy Draft Consultation Document [1.3MB]

The consultation is open for responses until 22 October 2021.

We recommend you respond to this consultation using our online form.

Complete the taxi licensing policy consultation questionnaire

Alternatively, you can download the Icon for pdf pdf version of the consultation questionnaire [543.2KB] and the return it to us using one of the methods below, or you can send your responses directly to us using one of these methods:

  • By email to
  • In writing to Licensing Services, Preston City Council, Town Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 2RL

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