New test for taxi license applicants in West Lindsey

West Lindsey District Council has mooted plans for a taxi driving test for new applicants obtaining a taxi license, which will require them to shell out £120, according to an article in the The Market Rasen Mail. The test is aimed at improving boost safety norms and regulations whilst minimizing road traffic accidents.

Presently the taxi license applicants are required to meet the following criterion:-

  • Police clearance checks, and

  • A local ‘knowledge’ test, which does not include advanced driver training.

The District Council has agreed to investigate and evaluate how tests run by Russell Morgan of the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership ensure increased road safety. Mr. Morgan informed the Licensing and Regulatory Committee that when Lincoln City introduced this test two years, no taxi driver has been involved in accidents or received any penalty points on their license. He suggests that this test should be adopted at the national level.

The test comprehensively covers matters including:-

  • Road risk management,

  • Rules addressing corporate manslaughter,

  • Improved customer service,

  • Mandatory regular vehicle checks,

  • Hazard recognition and

  • Eco-driving.

Although this new step has been welcomed by most councilors, they have for further investigation into the safety claims being made with respect to this test.

Coun Owen Brierley stressed that the extra test was a “no brainer” if it implies that younger and inexperienced taxi drivers drive better. However concerns have also been raised with respect to the financial viability of the proposed test as Licensing Team Leader Phil Hinch feels that £120 would be a “burden” for new drivers.


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