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Consultation on Mandatory Safeguarding Training for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers

Worcester City Council is responsible for issuing licences in respect of drivers of hackney carriage (taxi’s) and private hire vehicles.

In July 2020, with a view to better protecting children, females and vulnerable adults, the Department for Transport (DFT) issued new statutory guidance to taxi and private hire licensing authorities, called the  “Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Standards”.

Following its publication the Council reviewed its own Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy, and in doing so introduced “Mandatory” safeguarding awareness training for new licence holders.

Having further reviewed the above and in an effort to increase public safety, the Council is now considering introducing “Mandatory” safeguarding awareness training for “ALL” existing licence holders from 1st January 2025, with a further requirement to undertake refresher training every 3 years thereafter.

The Council would now like to hear your views on the above proposal.

The closing date of this consultation is 12 September 2024.

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