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.
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:
- Letter to taxi drivers - National Register of Taxi Licence Refusals and Revocations (PDF Document, 2.36 Mb)
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:
- Leicester City Council letter for Hackney Carriage Drivers (PDF Document, 0.1 Mb)
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:
- County Lines Poster - Taxi Drivers (PDF Document, 1.26 Mb)
Taxi driver's newsletters
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Last updated: Mon 23rd March, 2020 @ 14:55