Taxi and Private Hire Trade (4)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 3rd October 2019.

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Photo of David Kurten David Kurten Brexit Alliance

Do you agree that TfL should interview all applicants for taxi and/or private hire licences and test their ability to drive before allowing them to proceed to drive the public?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Transport for London (TfL) does not interview driver applicants and does not intend to do so in the future. Taxi and private hire driver applicants must meet a range of strict criteria to ensure they are 'fit and proper' prior to becoming licensed. All applicants must undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check before they are granted a licence and every three years. TfL also undertakes checks with the DVLA. Applicants must provide evidence of their right to live and work in the UK. New applicants who have lived in a country other than the UK for one or more continuous periods of 12 months in the three years prior to their application are also required to provide a Certificate of Good Conduct from the relevant country of residence, issued by a competent judicial or administrative authority.

Prospective taxi drivers must successfully complete the Knowledge of London. Private hire driver applicants have their topographical skills assessed and must provide evidence of their English language proficiency.

TfL has consulted on an advanced driving test, along with other proposals, and are considering this in line with Government’s response to the recent Task and Finish Working Group report. The report looked at several areas of legislative reform, including national minimum standards, which TfL and I have long called on Government to introduce.