Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Waste and Licensing
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
On 11 December 2018 the Licensing Committee agreed the arrangements for the introduction of a telephone based English language testing system for taxi and private hire drivers. Specifically, new licence applicants, who do not hold a recognised qualification, and those existing drivers where concerns are identified in relation to their communication skills, are required to take the test.
Tests are purchased by the Council in advance, and must be used within one year. There are discounts available for bulk purchases, as detailed in the published report at https://democracy.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=7348
It is intended that applicants will take the test at the Council’s offices under the supervision of a member of Council staff, to ensure the integrity of the assessment process. For most applicants this will be at the same time that they attend the Council offices to provide proof of identity and other documents to support their application.
Details on the fee proposal and background are also included in the published report.
The fee will be reviewed each year as part of the usual budget setting process and will consider the number of new applications (post implementation), in order to achieve the best bulk discount price moving forward.
To approve a proposed fee, as per the published report, in respect of the Council’s new English language testing requirements for private hire and hackney carriage drivers.
The proposed arrangements ensure that applicants bear the cost of the new test requirements and that the Council’s costs are kept to a minimum. The bulk buying of tests provides a small cost saving to applicants, whilst the ability to pay alongside the application fee reduces inconvenience for both the applicant and the Council.
Not to introduce a test and fee. However, this option has been rejected by the Cabinet Member. This approach was also endorsed by the Environment and Living Scrutiny Committee.
There are none.
Publication date: 15/02/2019
Date of decision: 15/02/2019
Effective from: 23/02/2019