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Have Your Say on Taxi Rules

Stafford Borough Council is opening up a consultation on the way the taxi trade in the Borough is regulated

The local authority is asking for views on a draft policy which outlines licensing conditions to make sure taxi drivers are competent and that people can travel in safe, well maintained vehicles, which the Borough Council is responsible for.

Letters have gone out asking taxi and private hire drivers to have their say as part of the six-week consultation which began on Monday (12 June). As well as vehicle conditions the document also sets out rules governing drivers ‘dress code’ and the effect criminal convictions can have on holding a taxi licence.

Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet member for Environment and Health, said: “People rely on taxis especially when they have no other way to travel around Stafford Borough so we appreciate how vital the trade is for the community. Therefore it is important that members of the public can have trust in the person who is driving that cab, and that the vehicle they step in to is safe.”

People can give their comments on the draft Taxi Licensing Policy and Licence Conditions 2017 policy until Monday 24 July. You can find it at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/taxi-licensing-policy-consultation. A copy is also available to view at the Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford.

 

 

Email comments to ehlicensing@staffordbc.gov.uk or by post to Mrs J Wallace, Licensing Officer, Stafford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford ST16 3AQ.

One comment

  1. Taxi companies are a joke in stone. Stone is overrun by taxi companies from from Hanley and stoke thriving off either a lack of local taxi firms, poor service from local taxi firms and a lack of regulation. It’s most noticeable on a Friday or Saturday nights when all you can see is Lucky 7 taxis flooding the top of stone. They take passengers uninsured because they have not been prebooked and then charge the earth. They don’t run off the meter and say it’s a minimum charge of £10. Taking uninsured passengers is illegal yet the police don’t do anything and the local firms get frustrated with it but struggle to deal with it. This is only a small part of the problem with Stone’s taxi problem.

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