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Herefordshire Council approves new Taxi Policy Published Date: 01/01/0001

The council has 900 licence holders in the county, including Hackney Carriage Proprietors, Private Hire Vehicle Proprietors and Dual Driver holders, and the Taxi Policy sets out the expectations of Herefordshire Council as the licensing authority.

The review of the existing policy is required due to a number of changes and recommendations contained within new government statutory guidance issued in July 2020.

On its website, the council write:

The new policy further enhances the Council’s ability to carry out suitability tests and ensures that all licence holders are informed about their safeguarding responsibilities. In addition, it offers the opportunity to share information regarding issues surrounding child sexual exploitation, modern slavery and illicit trade practices with other authorities.

The journey to adoption has not been smooth.  The BBC reported that, in March 2022, drivers arranged a go-slow convoy of taxis through Hereford before a petition opposing the proposals was given to the council.

They also threatened to call a strike last new year when they felt their concerns were still not addressed.

Cllr Barry Durkin, Cabinet Member Roads and Regulatory Services, said:

“The new Policy has been created by a legal specialist following consultation with taxi trade members and meetings with both the local and national trade associations. Due consideration has therefore been given to all the comments received, and we’re very pleased to have the support of The Taxi Association.
“We would like to extend our thanks for the time and work that the Herefordshire Taxi Association Members have provided, and I would like to express my appreciation for the contribution they have provided to the development of this new Policy.”