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.

Greater Manchester Minimum Standards for Taxis and Private Hire

You may have heard about the work being undertaken by Licensing Managers across GM to develop a consistent approach to hackney carriage and private hire licensing. This is a significant piece of work, with potentially wide ranging implications for the trade and the industry within GM.   

The proposed minimum standards have been developed by the ten Greater Manchester authorities to achieve a single vision for licensed vehicles in future, which support the GM Clean Air Plan proposals to tackle air pollution across Greater Manchester. These proposals will allow any person using a vehicle licensed in Greater Manchester to be assured that a high level and standard of check has been carried out. In addition, this will ensure, as far as possible, that the driver can be trusted, the vehicle is safe, and is not contributing to poor air quality. They will also be assured, as far as possible, that any operator licensed in Greater Manchester who they book a journey with will hold their information safely and that it will not be misused. This supports the key licensing principles of public protection.

A leaflet explaining some of the proposed GM Minimum Standards is now available to read or download in advance of the formal consultation which will take place later in 2019.

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 available to download below:

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