For each year, and for the last 3 years, can you provide a breakdown of how many private hire licences have been issued to drivers who: a) were required to provide and did provide a Certificate of Good Conduct b) were unable to provide a Certificate of Good Conduct and relied only on references and c) unable to provide either the ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ or suitable references?
Transport for London (TfL) will only licence an applicant if they satisfy all licensing requirements, including those that relate to character. If a taxi or private hire licence applicant has lived in a country other than the UK for one or more periods of three months or more in the last three years, they will also be required to produce a Certificate of Good Conduct which is an extract from the judicial record or equivalent document issued by a competent judicial or administrative authority for the relevant country. This certificate would be produced in addition to them undertaking an enhanced DBS check. A driver would not be granted a licence by TfL if they only provide a Certificate of Good Conduct.
To provide a detailed breakdown would require TfL to examine in excess of 106,000 private hire driver records.