Question: Private hire vehicle assessments

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2370
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Does TfL have plans to ensure that all private hire vehicle drivers must pass the enhanced Driving Vehicle Standards Agency assessment?

Answer

Answer for Question: Private hire vehicle assessments

Answer for Question: Private hire vehicle assessments

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency notified Transport for London (TfL) in late 2016 that they were no longer providing advanced driving tests for taxi and private hire drivers nationally from 1 December 2016.

In my Taxi and Private Hire Action Plan I outlined my desire to enhance public safety further when engaging taxi  and private hire services, including asking TfL to look into options for an advanced driving test for private hire drivers.

TfL will shortly be publishing a consultation on this and within the consultation they will explore appropriate standards for any advanced driving test.