The Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill is a Private Members Bill sponsored by Peter Gibson MP, Conservative MP for Darlington. The Bill was presented to Parliament on Wednesday 16 June 2021 through the ballot procedure.
The next stage for this Bill is its Second reading, which has been listed to take place in the House of Commons on Friday 10 September 2021.
The provisions of the Bill require taxi and private hire vehicle licensing authorities in England to share information of recent adverse licensing history (refusals, suspensions or revocations of a licence) and for this to be considered to mitigate the risk that unsuitable people are granted or hold a taxi or private hire vehicle (PHV) driver licence.
The Bill has two main sets of provisions. The first require licensing authorities in England to input into a central database instances where the authority has suspended, revoked, refused to grant or refused to renew a taxi or PHV driver’s licence because of certain safeguarding or road safety concerns relating to that driver. Other licensing authorities in England must then have regard to that information when considering whether to grant or renew a taxi or PHV driver’s licence.
The second set of provisions in the Bill requires licensing authorities in England to report certain serious safeguarding or road safety concerns about a taxi or PHV driver working in its area to the licensing authority in England, Wales or Scotland that granted a licence to that driver. The Bill then requires licensing authorities in England to have regard to any such reports received and to consider whether the relevant taxi or PHV driver should remain licensed.
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