Renfrewshire Council

Taxi and Private Hire Car Drivers' Licences - Required Medical Evidence

The Council as licensing authority is reviewing its existing practices in relation to the obtaining of medical evidence from applicants for, or holders of, taxi and private hire car driving licences.

The Regulatory Functions Board in this regard considered a report setting out a number of options at its meeting on 29th March 2018. The report, setting out these options can be found in the related content area of this page.

The Board's preferred option at this stage, is that the current requirement that drivers of these vehicles automatically provide a medical certificate at age 65 and annually thereafter be removed. Instead, the position for those drivers would reflect the existing practice that any of those drivers who have declared a medical condition would be asked to provide a medical report from a medical practitioner.

It is proposed however that the Council will in consequence of this change adjust its procedures in relation to the grant and renewal of licences where a driver is about to reach, or has reached, the age of 70, when DVLA licences require to be renewed and for shorter periods.

It is proposed that this would be achieved by attaching the following condition to taxi and private hire car drivers' licences-

"Should your DVLA driving licence fall to be renewed during the period of this licence, you require to exhibit evidence to the Council, within 14 days of expiry of your DVLA licence renewal date, that you have obtained a new driving licence from DVLA to cover the duration of your [taxi/ private hire car] driver's licence."

It is also proposed that the existing conditions of taxi and private hire car drivers' licences be amended as follows-

 

Taxi Drivers

"21. The holder of a taxi driver's licence shall be 21 years of age or older when first licensed. All drivers with a medical condition capable of affecting their ability to drive shall immediately disclose this condition to the Council and may be called upon to produce a medical certificate to confirm whether their doctor is aware of any medical condition which could render them unfit to drive a taxi."

 

Private Hire Car Drivers

"19. You must be at least 21 to get a licence. All drivers with a medical condition capable of affecting their ability to drive shall immediately disclose this condition to the Council and may be called upon to produce a medical certificate to confirm whether their doctor is aware of any medical condition which could render them unfit to drive a private hire car."                                               

The consultation will run from 1 May 2018 until 29 May 2018.

Please forward any comments to:-

Licensing Section,
Renfrewshire Council
Renfrewshire House
Cotton Street
Paisley PA1 1TT

or by email to:  enforcement.licensing.cs@renfrewshire.gov.uk

 

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