Every council in England will be told to carry out checks on all applicants for private hire drivers.
It has been discussed that taxi and private hire drivers could have to pass an enhanced criminal record check, before being granted a licence. Also introducing national minimum standards and a database to stop applicants applying to councils after being refused elsewhere.
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Currently, the guidelines allow councils to set their own driver standards and whether they actually make the checks.
Here are the proposed guideline for convictions:
The Department for Transport has discussed whether taxis and hire vehicles should have to be fitted with CCTV.
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