Taxi licenses and Worboys legacy

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1773
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In light of the recent case involving Hadi Mohammed, would you support stricter vetting of immigrant applicants applying for taxi licences, so that a driver's criminal past in their country of origin can also be processed alongside their record in the UK?

Answer

Answer for Taxi licenses and Worboys legacy

Answer for Taxi licenses and Worboys legacy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Of course I believe it is absolutely essential we have robust and thorough background checks on anyone wanting to become a taxi or private hire driver.

I am assured that TfL has always applied the highest standards possible which requires all new and existing drivers to undergo the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which provides the same level of background information as those working in hospitals, schools etc.

In addition, since 2003, any applicant for a taxi or PHV driver's licence who has lived in a country other than the UK for a period of three months or more in the past three years, has to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from the relevant country. The certificate should document any convictions recorded against the individual or confirm good conduct.

However, TfL is now also looking at what additional checks can be introduced for applicants who have lived overseas to ensure they are checked to an equivalent standard of the Enhanced DBS check.