The Borough Council has responsibility for ensuring taxi drivers are competent and that people can travel in safe, well maintained vehicles. Now the local authority is asking for views on a draft policy which outlines licensing conditions to make sure this happens.
Letters have gone out asking taxi and private hire drivers to have their say as part of the six-week consultation which began on Monday (12 June). As well as vehicle conditions the document also sets out rules governing drivers ‘dress code’ and the effect criminal convictions can have on holding a taxi licence.
Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet member for Environment and Health, said: “People rely on taxis especially when they have no other way to travel around Stafford Borough so we appreciate how vital the trade is for the community.
“Therefore it is important that members of the public can have trust in the person who is driving that cab, and that the vehicle they step in to is safe.”
People can give their comments on the draft Taxi Licensing Policy and Licence Conditions 2017 policy until Monday 24 July. You can find it at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/taxi-licensing-policy-consultation. A copy is also available to view at the Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford.
Email comments to [email protected] or by post to Mrs J Wallace, Licensing Officer, Stafford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford ST16 3AQ.