Hackney Cab & Private Hire

ALL Drivers are issued with a badge which must be worn at all times when carrying out their duties, New Hackney and Private Hire must have:

  • A valid driving licence
  • Be a fit and proper person
  • Compliant and understand the relevant laws
  • Have a good knowledge of the Peterborough area with a good standard of driving.
  • Ensure that their passengers are are travelling safely
  • Critical Failure
  • Have a health Check
  • A requirement to display information within all licensed vehicles
  • Introduction of three stage trigger point monitoring system for drivers.
  • DBS

Currently, if a vehicle of the appointed age (Hackney carriage 12 years, Private hire 8 years) fails a mechanical inspection on a critical matter it de-licensed. It is proposed that instead of delicensing the vehicle it should be suspended and allowed to be retested within 30 days.

Peterborough are wanting all its Hackney and private hire taxis to be greener; reducing low emissions and encouraging the use of purpose built low emission vehicles within the trade.  This has an important part to play in improving air quality and benefits the health of the general public.

Health check inspection is to adopt the Group 2 medical which would ensure consistency and ensure public safety which is required by DVLA for persons who drive public service vehicles. For all new applicants it is encouraging best practice for Hackney carriage and private hire drivers. When?  Every 3 years upon renewal and then annually thereafter when the driver reaches 65.

Any information included will be accurate at the time the check was carried out. It is up to an employer to decide if and when a new check is needed.

Applicants and employers can use the DBS update service to keep a certificate up to date or carry out checks on a potential employee’s certificate.

There are 3 types of check. The employer or organisation running the check should provide the applicant with more information about the level of check required.

DBS check applicants must be 16 or over.

The time it takes to process a DBS check depends on:

  • the level of check
  • if the details given for the check are correct
  • what police forces need to be involved in the check

Generally, it can take around 8 weeks to get a DBS check.

Standard check (£26)

This checks for spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings.

Enhanced check (£44)

This includes the same as the standard check plus any additional information held by local police that’s reasonably considered relevant to the role being applied for.

Enhanced with list checks (£44)

This is like the enhanced check, but includes a check of the DBS barred lists.

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