Passing the English Language Requirement for PHV Drivers (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-02-20
Session date: 
February 20, 2017
Reference: 
2017/0641
Question By: 
Florence Eshalomi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

We know that in respect of both new and renewal applications received between 14 October 2016 and 31 March 2017, applicants have until 31 March 2017 to prove to TfL that they comply with the English language requirement. Of the a) renewals and b) new licences granted in the 3 months between 14th October 2016 and 13th January 2017, how many have provided evidence that they comply with the English language requirement?

Answer

Answer for Passing the English Language Requirement for PHV Drivers (3)

Answer for Passing the English Language Requirement for PHV Drivers (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Of the 9,632 licences (5,341 new and 4,291 renewals) granted between 14 October 2016 and 13 January 2017, 5,930 applications were received before 14 October 2016 and, therefore, were not required to comply with the English language requirement. However, these applicants will be required to meet this requirement in advance of their next licence renewal date which in most cases will be in 2019.

TfL recently extended the deadline by which licence holders are required to demonstrate that they can communicate in English at the appropriate level from 31 March 2017 to 30 September 2017. The evidence submitted in support of this requirement will be assessed according to TfL guidance published at www.tfl.gov.uk/info-for/taxis-and-private-hire/english-language-requirement.

As a result, TfL will not have this information until after the September deadline has passed. This includes details of how many applicants or licence holders will be providing evidence of a qualification as opposed to sitting the test; the types of evidence provided; and whether that evidence is satisfactory.

I have asked TfL to update you following the 30 September 2017 deadline.