A survey on taxis and private hire vehicles in Buckinghamshire has been launched by Buckinghamshire Council.
The survey, which takes about three minutes to complete, will be available online until Sunday 27th September 2020 at https://yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com/communities/taxi-licensing-survey-2020/.
The results are going to help shape Buckinghamshire Council’s new taxi and private hire licensing policy. Buckinghamshire Council’s approach to regulating taxi and private hire (mini cab) services across Buckinghamshire will be set out in a draft document which will be published early in 2021. The draft policy will then be subject to a public consultation.
Buckinghamshire Council’s main priorities are public safety, working effectively with our taxi service providers and updating the policy to reflect current best practice.
Fred Wilson, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services at Buckinghamshire Council, said: ‘Across Buckinghamshire every day thousands of people use taxis and mini cabs to get to or from work, for shopping and getting to and from school or for pleasure.
Over three thousand people earn their living through driving taxis or mini cabs. So we know that the policy we put in place will affect a lot of people in many different ways.
Before we start working on our draft policy document, we want to hear from as many people as possible so that we end up with a policy which balances the needs of taxi passengers as well as the needs of our local taxi operators and drivers.‘
After the public consultation closes the Council’s Licensing Committee will then consider all the responses which have come in and any other relevant information and decide on whether to make any changes to the draft policy.
Buckinghamshire Council hope to publish a revised taxi licensing policy in 2021.
*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.