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Institute’s taxi safeguarding practice recognised in DfT report

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Institute’s taxi safeguarding practice recognised in DfT report 14th February 2019

The recent Government task and finish group report and consultation on proposed statutory guidance has recognised the Institute’s contribution.

The consultation version of the draft statutory (2.18) guidance recognises the contribution the Institute can play in developing training packages for taxi and private hire drivers.

In the same document, paragraph 2.50 states: “Engagement with licensing authorities identified that greater direction from the Department was sought and in some cases required. The Department did

not make specific recommendations regarding the assessment of convictions in the 2010 update of the Best Practice Guidance. In response to concerns raised by stakeholders and to assist in greater consistency in licensing, Annex A provides the Department’s recommendations on this issue. This draws on the work of the Institute of Licensing, in partnership with the LGA, the National

Association of Licensing Enforcement Officers (NALEO) and Lawyers in Local Government, in publishing its guidance on determining the suitability of taxi and PHV licensees.

In the Government’s response to the taxi finish and task group, the contribution of the Institute and its partners through its fitness guidance has been recognised: “As with the introduction of national minimum standards, Government will seek to balance the need for greater nationwide consistency with respect for local decision making. We welcome the work that the Institute of Licensing in partnership with the Local Government Association, the National Association of Licensing and Enforcement Officers and Lawyers in Local Government have done in this area.”

James Button, IoL President said: “I welcome the Consultation on the S177 Statutory Guidance and the response to the Task and Finish Group’s report, because it shows that there is some movement within Government over Taxi and Private Hire licensing. I am disappointed that the Government has made it clear that they do not intend to comprehensively update and review the underlying legislation, nor take forward many of the suggestions made by the Task and Finish Group.”

Stephen D Turner, Licensing Lead for Lawyers in Local Government, said: “The Institute welcomes this Consultation and will develop a response through its specialist practitioners in due course. It is pleasing to note that the Department has adopted the guidance standards relating to previous convictions developed by the Institute and published last year. Welcome as the draft guidance is there is still an urgent need for legislative change simultaneously with or subsequent to the publication of the final guidance”

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