DFT Makes Recommendations within Consultation to Provide Greater Consistency in Licensing Following Input from LLG

Publish date: 12/02/2019

The DFT launched a consultation today on statutory guidance for taxi and PHV licensing authorities. The consultation is seeking views on proposed statutory guidance to taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) licensing authorities on how to use their licensing powers to protect children and vulnerable adults. LLG previously inputted and made recommendations on the assessment of convictions and greater consistency in licensing together with the Institute of Licensing, the National Association of Licensing Enforcement Officers and the LGA. The DFT has now picked up those recommendations within Annexe A of the Consultation in their entirety.

Stephen Turner, Deputy National Lead for Licensing said" LLG welcomes this Consultation and will develop a response through its specialist practitioners in due course. It is pleasing to note that the Department has adopted the guidance standards relating to previous convictions supported and approved by LLG in its collaboration with the Institute of Licensing last year. Welcome as the draft guidance is there is still an urgent need for legislative change simultaneously with or subsequent to the publication of the final guidance"

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