The outcome of a review of taxi licensing was considered at a meeting of Council last night, following a recent consultation exercise.
The decision, which called for the introduction of a points-based licensing system, was passed with the support of Labour, Conservative and UKIP councillors. The new system will see taxi drivers assessed against a range of criteria, with previous criminal convictions incurring a sanction. Any driver that accumulates twelve points would be disqualified.
The Council’s Licensing Committee will retain strategic oversight and the ability to agree licensing policy, while any changes in legislation or decisions that fall outside the remit of the new system will also be referred to councillors for review.
Councillor Baggy Shanker, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, said:
These measures mark the culmination of a review of taxi licensing the Labour-led administration committed to in May 2015. Our aim is to protect the public, while upholding the reputation of the many fit and proper taxi drivers in Derby.
I believe what we have agreed is proportionate and fair. It is vital that councillors continue to decide licensing policy – but the proposed system will ensure those policies are applied in an objective and consistent way.
Our rationale is clear. We want to safeguard the vulnerable, protect upstanding members of the taxi trade and maintain public confidence in our licensing procedures.
The new measures are due to come into force on 30th June next year.
Motions put forward by the ruling Labour Group regarding the UN Global Cities Compact; home fire safety visits for elderly residents; the use of agency social workers and support for the school crossing patrol service were also passed with a range of cross-party support.
Members of the Council Cabinet also received questions from the public and opposition councillors on a variety of issues.
To view the meeting, visit the Derby City Council YouTube channel.
You can view the agenda documents and responses to public and member questions on our Committee Management Information System.