News from Buckinghamshire Council

Published: 19 November 2020

We are running a consultation about how taxis and minicabs will be licensed in the future by Buckinghamshire Council.

The Taxi licensing consultation runs from 10 November to 21 December.

Every day hundreds of people use taxis and mini cabs to get to or from work, for shopping and getting to and from school or for pleasure and over three thousand people earn their living through driving taxis or mini cabs in Buckinghamshire. Starting this week, we’re asking people who use or drive taxis or mini cabs to comment on proposed new rules which we will bring in next year. The draft taxi licensing policy sets out how we propose to regulate taxis and minicabs across Buckinghamshire and it will bring the licensing rules from the former District Councils into one single policy.

Over 500 people gave their comments and feedback in the four week survey we ran in September. Using comments from the survey and working within national guidelines, the Council’s Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Policy aims to:

• protect the public

• maintain and develop professional and respected hackney carriage and private hire trades

• enable access to an efficient and effective local transport service

• update the policy to reflect current best practice

A summary of the policy and the full draft document is available online. You can comment on the draft licensing policy online until 21 December

In early 2021, our Licensing Committee will consider responses to the consultation and review the final draft Policy and decide whether to recommend its adoption.