THE INSTITUTE of Licensing (IoL) has written to the Government in a bid to highlight issues with regards to alleged, “failings in the taxi and private hire licensing system”.
In the letter, IoL president James Button, said: “We are aware that there is currently much discussion ongoing in relation to the licensing of taxi and private hire drivers, operators and vehicle owners, including the recently established working party by minister of state John Hayes MP.
“We are conscious that any discussions must seriously consider the adequacies of current arrangements concerning criminality checks, data sharing and ability of licensing authorities and police practitioners to identify concerns relating to licensed individuals and those seeking to be licensed with a view to maintaining public safety and taking appropriate action where necessary.”
The letter was sent to the Home Office, Department for Transport and the National Police Chiefs Council and Mr Button added:
The IoL has raised concerns in the past with the Home Office in relation to data sharing between the police and licensing authorities and have previously put on record our concern over the imminent changes to the Notifiable Occupations Scheme.