DBS taxi and private hire

MQT on 2016-07-20
Session date: 
July 20, 2016
Question By: 
Siân Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many taxi and private hire vehicle drivers in London are waiting to be checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service? Please provide a breakdown of applicants who are a) waiting for a taxi renewal licence (including those who have been giving a temporary licence) b) waiting for a new licence.


Answer for DBS taxi and private hire

Answer for DBS taxi and private hire

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As of 8th July 2016 there are 260 taxi driver applications, 225 of these are renewals and 35 are new applications.

There are 3,147 private hire applications, 1,010 of these are renewals and 2,137 new applications.

TfL has provided dedicated staff to assist the MPS with these cases and the average turnaround time is 48 days.

The 60 day service level agreement is a non-statutory arrangement between the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and police forces. As of 8th July 2016, the number of cases for the MPS over 60 days is 34,566. This is 46% of those applications in progress.

The Home Office, DBS, MPS and MOPAC are working closely to reduce the backlog. An intervention plan is in place and I am informed that the backlog is beginning to reduce.