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This webpage is for taxi drivers to receive news about licensing laws, helpful travel news and more.

Newsletters are released throughout the year containing helpful information, but this webpage will also contain bulletins as they arrive.

Latest news

Changes to rapid drop off prices at East Midlands Airport

East Midlands Airport have reviewed car parking prices and will increase rapid drop off (RDO) charges from £3 for 10 minutes to £4 for 15 minutes when passengers return.

The one-hour free parking in Long Stay 2 is unaffected and 30 minutes for £5 parking can be had in Short Stay 1.

Blue Badge parking is available at Short Stay 1 car park (free for first 30 minutes), where blue badge parking bays are clearly identifiable.

Online Service to Change your Address on Vehicle Log Book

Motorists who need to update the address details on their vehicle log book (V5C) can now do this online in a matter of minutes, DVLA has announced. This will slash the amount of time it takes for motorists to receive a new log book from up to 6 weeks to just 5 working days.

Using this new service takes less than 2 minutes for motorists to inform DVLA of their new address. All you need is the vehicle registration number, log book document reference number and your postcode.  Please use the following link to update your log book: www.gov.uk/change-address-v5c.

Guide Dogs Coronavirus Guidance for Taxi and Private Hire Drivers

Guide Dogs have created guidance to help taxi and private hire drivers and operators support customers with sight loss through good communication skills while maintaining social distancing.

www.instituteoflicensing.org/news/guide-dogs-coronavirus-guidance-for-taxi-and-minicab-drivers/

www.guidedogs.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/research/Policy-and-guidance-for-businesses/Guidance-for-taxi-staff

Advice for Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Trade on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Many of you will be concerned about the potential risks poses by the recent cases of Coronavirus.

There is useful advice to be found online at www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public and www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Much of the advice is simple hygiene precautions such as:

  • Catch coughs and sneezes in tissues,
  • Throw used tissues away as soon as possible
  • WASH YOUR HANDS with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitiser is not a substitute for hand-washing – it is an alternative if there are no handwashing facilities
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

There are simple things you can do in your cab to prevent the spread of – not just coronavirus, but any germs in general:

  • Clean your cab – give it a good thorough clean either before or after your shift
  • Clean surfaces such as door handles, seatbelt buckles and card machines regularly throughout your shift using sanitiser spray or wipes.

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Use this service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus
  • in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus
  • you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

Online Vehicle Checker for taxi drivers

A new online service went live on February 5, 2020 to help drivers and businesses to prepare for the introduction of clean air zones with charges in Birmingham and Leeds.

The vehicle checker will allow drivers to find out if they will be affected by the change which will charge the most polluting vehicles to drive in the cities.

Information can be found on the Government website.

National Register of Taxi Licence Refusals and Revocations

Charnwood Borough Council are sending letters out to all Hackney carriage, PHV and combined licence holders to make them aware of the Council's initiative to help strengthen Hackney carriage and Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) licensing for the benefit of both passengers and responsible drivers. The letter can be read below:

Restrictions on bus lane on London Road (outside the railway station)

Leicester City Council will be sending out letters to all holders of a Leicester Hackney Carriage Hire Drivers Licence to inform them of restrictions that will prevent them using the bus lane outside London Road Railway station.

A copy of the letter can be found below:

Identify and safeguard victims of County Lines

Thousands of children and teenagers - some as young as 12 - are being exploited by criminal gangs to carry drugs from urban areas to coastal and market towns. Many of these children travel between the city and rural towns in taxis or private hire vehicles in a criminal activity known as 'county lines'.

To help safeguard these vulnerable children and protect them from gangs, the Home Office, Institute of Licensing and CrimeStoppers are working to increase awareness among taxi and private hire vehicle drivers, and licensing staff, of the signs to spot a potential victim.

Taxis are a popular form of transport for children being exploited by 'county line' gangs. Children may make the whole journey between the city and rural town in a private hire vehicle or taxi, or else use one for part of the journey.

The signs to spot are:

  • a child, normally 14-15 years old, but can be as young as 12 travelling a long train journey alone
  • they may be from another area, so may not be familiar with an area (may look lost) and may have a distinct urban accent
  • they may be travelling during school hours or unusual hours (for example, late in the evening)
  • an obvious relationship with controlling, older individuals
  • suspicion of self-harm, physical assault or unexplained injuries
  • excessive receipt of texts or phone calls

If you have any information on County Lines drugs networks, you can contact CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via the anonymous online form.

A poster for the County Lines campaign for taxis can be found below:

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