New standard of taxi hire in East Hampshire

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East Hampshire District Council has brought in new measures around taxi licences to protect the public and help the trade.

New applicants will now have to pass a knowledge test to satisfy the council they know the district and that they can speak English well enough.

The policy contains tougher sanctions for drivers who breach their licence, and a new requirement for operators who subcontract bookings to other firms, to notify customers which firm is fulfilling their journey.

The new plan for the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire trade has been put together using feedback from the latest national guidance to ensure a safe and professional service.

Licensing committee chairman, Cllr Bob Ayer said: ‘It is our duty to ensure taxis and private hire vehicles provide a safe service.’