Enhanced Criminal Record Checks for Taxi and Private Hire Drivers
Currently, guidelines allow Councils to set their own rules for driver standards, including whether to carry out checks. Under the new proposals, every Council in England would be forced to carry out checks on all drivers. Taxi and private hire drivers would not be able to acquire a licence without passing an enhanced criminal record check. A new database will also stop applicants who have been refused elsewhere, applying again to a new Council. National minimum standards would also be set.