As you may be aware, Transport for London (TfL) actively participated in the Department for Transport (DfT)-commissioned Taxi and Private Hire Task and Finish Group, which primarily focussed on public safety. In September 2018, the group’s findings and recommendations were published in a report which includes recommendations around safeguarding and disability equality.
The DfT’s response to the group’s report has been accompanied by a consultation on statutory guidance for national minimum standards and the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. TfL will be responding to the consultation which closes on 22 April 2019 and is available on the DfT’s website: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/taxi-and-private-hire-vehicle-licensing-protecting-users
TfL is currently considering a range of measures to improve safety for new and existing private hire drivers, including safeguarding and disability equality, as part of an enhanced driver assessment package.
However, it is important that TfL considers the results of the DfT’s consultation as well as its response to the Task and Finish Group’s report before finalising its own proposals to ensure consistency, where appropriate, and full assurance for London’s travelling public as to the safety of taxi and private hire services.