News Update 4 October 2018

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  1. The Department for Transport has published a report by a Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing which makes 34 recommendations to Government on overhauling legislation. Licensing authorities should be able to set higher standards in safety and all other aspects. Only 46 of 316 local authorities were able to provide detailed information about drivers’ criminal histories and at least 865 drivers in 38 licensing authorities in a survey had successfully applied for or renewed their licence despite having a criminal conviction.
    Recommendation 2 is that Government should legislate for national minimum standards for taxi and private hire vehicle licensing (drivers, vehicles and operators). Recommendation 5 is that Government should introduce a statutory definition of ‘plying for hire’ and ‘prebooked’. Recommendation 8 is to allow local licensing authorities, where a need is proven through a public interest test, to set a cap on the number of taxi and private hire vehicles they license. Recommendation 11 is that all taxi and private hire journeys should start and/or end within the area for which the driver, vehicle and operator are licensed. Recommendation 17 is that all licensed vehicles should be fitted with audio and visual CCTV. Recommendation 20 is that all drivers must be subject to enhanced DBS and barred lists checks. Recommendation 24 is that Government must establish a mandatory database of all licensed taxi and private hire drivers. Recommendation 27 is that Government must review the assessment process of passenger carrying vehicle (PCV) licensed drivers. Recommendation 29 is to ensure drivers undergo disability, equality and awareness training and recommendation 30 is that licensing authorities with unmet demand for wheelchair accessible vehicles should consider how existing powers should address this, including a minimum number for the fleet. Recommendation 34 is that the case for restricting hours worked should be reviewed.
  2. Network Rail has published an updated list of projects for which it is seeking 3rd party funding, financing and delivery, ranging in value from less than £10 million to more than £100 million, for potential delivery in Control Period 6 (2019-24). Projects include Cumbrian Coast Line upgrade, Ely Area Remodelling, coastal resilience work at Dawlish, and refurbishment of Leeds Station and reopening to passenger traffic of the freight only Ashington, Blyth and Tyne line.
  3. The 10 city regions in England shortlisted for a share of £840m public transport funding from the Transforming Cities Fund are Derby and Nottingham, Leicester, the North East, Norwich, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Sheffield, Stoke on Trent and West Yorkshire.
  4. New franchises will require train operators to make it easier for passengers to claim compensation, including one click systems on smartphones and smartcards.
  5. A smartphone app, currently being trialled by four train companies is to be extended to all train companies to enable people with a disability to book assistance.
  6. The scheme providing additional compensation for season ticket holders by Northern Rail has been extended to non-season ticket holders who have travelled 3 days a week or more.
  7. Transport for London is consulting on reductions to 33 routes in central London, enabling the network to grow in outer London where improvements are most needed.

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