Taxi and private hire news

Here you can catch up with the latest news about what is happening in the Taxi and Private Hire Trades in Trafford - from Council decisions and new initiatives to enforcement operations and prosecutions. If you have news you think may be of interest to the Taxi and Private Hire Trades please get in touch using the details provided on this page.

Taxi Driver Standards Consultation

Trafford Council is consulting on proposals to make changes to their requirements for those wishing to apply for a private hire/hackney carriage driver’s licence. These proposed changes are part of a range of measures, currently being considered across the ten Greater Manchester local authorities, to establish minimum common standards in respect of taxi licensing.

The eight week consultation is taking place from May 8th to 29th June 2018. At at the end of the consultation period the responses will be considered by the Public Protection Sub-Committee who will determine what changes, if any, will be adopted.

To participate in the consultation you are asked to fill in a short on-line questionnaire. The link to the questionnaire is provided at the end of this update.

The proposed changes

  • The first proposed change is all new applicants for a private hire/hackney carriage driver’s licence be required to pass a local area knowledge test as part of the application process. This is currently a requirement in all other Greater Manchester authorities.
  • The second proposed change is that all new applicants for a private hire/hackney carriage driver’s licence are required to meet a new, higher, language requirement. Adequate communication skills and language proficiency are considered essential for the work of a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle driver and it is felt that the existing, lower standard may be at too a level.  The new level being proposed is the same as is set for those seeking to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen or it will be acceptable if applicants can evidence that they have passed a relevant qualification which demonstrates an equivalent level of competency in English.
  • The third proposed change is that all once all requirements are met, new applicants be granted a dual private hire/hackney carriage driver’s badge.  This will allow the applicant to potentially drive both private hire and hackney carriage vehicles and should help address concerns raised by the hackney carriage trade of a lack of hackney carriage drivers licensed in Trafford.

If you would like to comment on these proposals please complete the online questionnaire by the 29 June 2018.

New driver applications

If you can meet all the criteria detailed in the attached guidance and wish to apply to be a hackney carriage or private hire driver please complete the Registration for taxi driver application. Your details will be kept on a waiting list until we can send you an appointment date to submit your application.

Please note, the application form, medical form and DBS form should not be completed and signed earlier than 28 days before submission to the Licensing office.

If you have completed and submitted the web form do not ring the Licensing Office to enquire about progress. You are on the waiting list and you will  be contacted when we are in a position to offer you an appointment.

For further information on how to apply to become a licensed private hire or hackney carriage driver in Trafford, please read the following:

Please be advised that we have a large waiting list and there is a significant waiting time for appointments.

Trafford Unmet Demand Survey 2015

Under the Transport Act 1985, councils may only limit the number of hackney carriage vehicle licences issued for its area where there is no 'significant unmet demand'. The issue of whether or not there is significant unmet demand must be determined through robust statistical analysis of the results of a survey of the demand within that Authority's area. Recent Government guidance recommends that such surveys are undertaken every three years.

In Spring 2015 the Council arranged for a survey to be undertaken to report on the demand for hackney carriages in Trafford. The final report is now available to download below: