Council releases latest figures
The York Council is reporting that 917 (93.2%) of York Taxi drivers have successfully completed their Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checks. The checks were introduced to reassure passengers that drivers were “fit and proper” to hold a licence. A committee report goes on to say;
- “There are 14 (1.4%) drivers with checks in progress with the DBS.
- There are 22 (2.2%) drivers with whom we are checking ‘positive’ results. Please note that the DBS process flags all previous convictions and other matters which we may already be aware of.
- Some 18 (1.8%) of drivers have indicated their intention to surrender their licence as they are no longer driving.
- There are ten (1.0%) drivers who we have been unable to contact or begin the process for good reason (for example because they have a long-term illness) &
- three (0.3%) drivers are refusing to co-operate”.
A report to the same meeting – which is taking place tomorrow (Monday) attempts to deal with the issue of UBER drivers operating in York. Last year the Council refused to grant a licence to UBER to operate locally. The issue now concerns UBER drivers, with licences are issued by other authorities,
are still serving the City .
The report says that the Council is satisfied that having regard to the independent Legal Opinion, the settled legal position remains as follows:
“Provided the three licences required in relation to a private hire vehicle (operator, vehicle and driver) have all been issued by the same authority, then the private hire vehicle (PHV) can undertake journeys anywhere in England and Wales. That is irrespective of where the journey commences, areas through which the journey passes and, ultimately, the area where the journey ends”.
An alternative legal opinion has been provided by local taxi operators.
Pretty much a “BREXIT” style stand off then which only leads to confuse potential customers.