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Safeguarding Vulnerable People – The Council Wants Your Views on its Taxi and Private Hire Policy

Published on Thursday, 21st October 2021

Maldon District Council is appealing for views on the taxi and private hire trade and in particular on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults who use these services.

A consultation on the Council’s proposed taxi and private hire policy is open between 14 October and 30 November 2021. People involved in the trade (including licence holders, businesses and safety campaign groups) are particularly invited to respond although all views are welcomed. Everyone will benefit from the changes so feedback from all residents and businesses will be helpful. 

This new policy has come about after the Department for Transport issued guidance for taxis and private hire vehicles to improve the safeguarding of vulnerable people. All licensing authorities, such as the Council, are expected to have one policy as a result, bringing together all the Council’s procedures on taxi and private hire licensing into one place. That is what the Council is now consulting on.   

Councillor Wendy Stamp, Leader of Maldon District Council, said “Taxis and private hire vehicles play an important role in helping people to get around our District. We want everyone to be able to access those services safely and we know that those in the trade will want the same thing. Our new policy therefore follows the Department for Transport guidance to improve safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults although all passengers will benefit from the recommendations.

“We are therefore appealing for residents and businesses to give us their views by going to where you can find more information as well as a short questionnaire. Giving us your feedback will only take a few moments and your feedback will help us to safeguard vulnerable people across our District.”