Licence change angers cabbies

Licence change angers cabbies

Licence change angers cabbies

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

SCRAPPING six-month temporary private hire and taxi drivers’ licences in the Ribble Valley has angered local cab firms.

They say they are struggling for new staff who cannot afford to wait months before they get behind the wheel and start earning.

Before April, new drivers could be granted a six-month approval to drive while they completed a special ten- week ‘Steering to Success’ course and knowledge test at Accrington and Rossendale College before getting a full licence.

In January, Ribble Valley Borough Council licensing committee voted to scrap the temporary permissions, claiming evidence that many drivers were simply using the temporary licence with no intention of taking the free course and passing the test.

Operators say that unless new drivers apply just as a course begins and there are places, they face a five-month wait to start working and earning - longer during the college summer holidays.

Caroline Fox, proprietor of Clitheroe’s LMC cars, said: “This is causing my firm problems and I know it is causing the same problems to other operators. The course takes ten weeks so driver can have to wait for up to five months before betting behind the wheel and earning money.

“People who are unemployed and looking for a job cannot afford to wait that long.

“I am now having real trouble recruiting the new drivers. I asked the council to direct new licence holders to my firm and they said other companies were in the same boat. Something needs to be done.”

The council’s head of legal services, Diane Rice, said: “A temporary licen-ce gave the driver six months in which to complete the ‘Steering to Success’ course and knowledge test. Not all councils offer this option.

“An increasing number of applicants failed to complete either or both within the six month period. The council decided, after consulta-tion with licence holders, that the temporary licence option should be with-drawn as the council was not satisfied that it supported its objectives of promoting high levels of public safety and service.”

The committee heard 65 per cent of temporary permit holder never went on to fulfil the requirements for a full licence.

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4:02pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Just an observer says...

I think that,ALL taxi's should be NO more than 5 years old. as most of them today seem to have electrical faults, mainly on the indication side. They NEVER seem to work.
I think that,ALL taxi's should be NO more than 5 years old. as most of them today seem to have electrical faults, mainly on the indication side. They NEVER seem to work. Just an observer
  • Score: 14

5:18pm Fri 1 Aug 14

TheCaveman says...

Given the way some taxi drivers (even hackneys) behave on the road I'm a big fan of making sure they are fully and properly trained and vetted before being allowed to carry passengers.
Given the way some taxi drivers (even hackneys) behave on the road I'm a big fan of making sure they are fully and properly trained and vetted before being allowed to carry passengers. TheCaveman
  • Score: 20

6:48pm Fri 1 Aug 14

kingbilly says...

Just an observer wrote:
I think that,ALL taxi's should be NO more than 5 years old. as most of them today seem to have electrical faults, mainly on the indication side. They NEVER seem to work.
i think all the drivers should be more than 5 years old,they dont understand,give way,stop,or speed signs
[quote][p][bold]Just an observer[/bold] wrote: I think that,ALL taxi's should be NO more than 5 years old. as most of them today seem to have electrical faults, mainly on the indication side. They NEVER seem to work.[/p][/quote]i think all the drivers should be more than 5 years old,they dont understand,give way,stop,or speed signs kingbilly
  • Score: 7

8:01pm Fri 1 Aug 14

hairy mary says...

I think any taxi driver caught speeding or careless driving should be made to retake their driving test also they should have to have strict medicals like hgv drivers do once they reach 45
I think any taxi driver caught speeding or careless driving should be made to retake their driving test also they should have to have strict medicals like hgv drivers do once they reach 45 hairy mary
  • Score: 7

9:28am Sat 2 Aug 14

the white witch says...

This is a quote from above story.....
( The course takes ten weeks so driver can have to wait for up to five months before betting behind the wheel and earning money. )
Is`nt it illegal to be BETTING behind the wheel to earn money, and you can go on a course to learn this betting skill what`s the odd`s on this then ????
This is a quote from above story..... ( The course takes ten weeks so driver can have to wait for up to five months before betting behind the wheel and earning money. ) Is`nt it illegal to be BETTING behind the wheel to earn money, and you can go on a course to learn this betting skill what`s the odd`s on this then ???? the white witch
  • Score: 3

11:43pm Sat 2 Aug 14

ikap22 says...

the white witch wrote:
This is a quote from above story.....
( The course takes ten weeks so driver can have to wait for up to five months before betting behind the wheel and earning money. )
Is`nt it illegal to be BETTING behind the wheel to earn money, and you can go on a course to learn this betting skill what`s the odd`s on this then ????
I think taxi drivers should refuse to pick up unhygienic passenger's! Especially the chavy ones who post pathetic comments on here.
[quote][p][bold]the white witch[/bold] wrote: This is a quote from above story..... ( The course takes ten weeks so driver can have to wait for up to five months before betting behind the wheel and earning money. ) Is`nt it illegal to be BETTING behind the wheel to earn money, and you can go on a course to learn this betting skill what`s the odd`s on this then ????[/p][/quote]I think taxi drivers should refuse to pick up unhygienic passenger's! Especially the chavy ones who post pathetic comments on here. ikap22
  • Score: -2

9:25am Sun 3 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

ikap22 wrote:
the white witch wrote:
This is a quote from above story.....
( The course takes ten weeks so driver can have to wait for up to five months before betting behind the wheel and earning money. )
Is`nt it illegal to be BETTING behind the wheel to earn money, and you can go on a course to learn this betting skill what`s the odd`s on this then ????
I think taxi drivers should refuse to pick up unhygienic passenger's! Especially the chavy ones who post pathetic comments on here.
I think customers should refuse to get into unhygienic taxis, especially the ones that then go on to commit various road traffic offences.
[quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the white witch[/bold] wrote: This is a quote from above story..... ( The course takes ten weeks so driver can have to wait for up to five months before betting behind the wheel and earning money. ) Is`nt it illegal to be BETTING behind the wheel to earn money, and you can go on a course to learn this betting skill what`s the odd`s on this then ????[/p][/quote]I think taxi drivers should refuse to pick up unhygienic passenger's! Especially the chavy ones who post pathetic comments on here.[/p][/quote]I think customers should refuse to get into unhygienic taxis, especially the ones that then go on to commit various road traffic offences. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 4

10:06am Sun 3 Aug 14

Primus622 says...

ikap22 wrote:
the white witch wrote:
This is a quote from above story.....
( The course takes ten weeks so driver can have to wait for up to five months before betting behind the wheel and earning money. )
Is`nt it illegal to be BETTING behind the wheel to earn money, and you can go on a course to learn this betting skill what`s the odd`s on this then ????
I think taxi drivers should refuse to pick up unhygienic passenger's! Especially the chavy ones who post pathetic comments on here.
Are guide dogs included in the category of unhygienic passengers...And on the subject of hygiene lets do something about drivers who smoke in the cab and spit T.B. laden phlegm out of the windows..
[quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the white witch[/bold] wrote: This is a quote from above story..... ( The course takes ten weeks so driver can have to wait for up to five months before betting behind the wheel and earning money. ) Is`nt it illegal to be BETTING behind the wheel to earn money, and you can go on a course to learn this betting skill what`s the odd`s on this then ????[/p][/quote]I think taxi drivers should refuse to pick up unhygienic passenger's! Especially the chavy ones who post pathetic comments on here.[/p][/quote]Are guide dogs included in the category of unhygienic passengers...And on the subject of hygiene lets do something about drivers who smoke in the cab and spit T.B. laden phlegm out of the windows.. Primus622
  • Score: 3

3:51pm Mon 4 Aug 14

brossen99 says...

This Taxi policy is obviously a deliberate attempt to sabotage the independent private taxi companies out of business in order that big corporate FTSE listed etc companies can create a virtual fiefdom and force people in desperate need of a basic living income to become self employed buy franchises and stump up the cost of new designated manufacturer and model probably imported vehicles every 5 years and end up working for less than minimum wage ( as it doesn't apply to the self employed ) just for the personal use of the car for their personal and family essential transport needs. The exact same principle probably applied to any rural postmen who would have had to buy franchises and stump up the cost of their van after full Royal Mail privatisation.

Its clear that all the commenters on LT supporting things like new vehicles and like with the Coldweather Gisburn solar farm plan and other green policy initiatives and moaning about speeding are paid to do it in some way, and if you have the attention span the fuller picture of the subversion of our country via EU sponsored green policy is on my nollyprott wordpress blog with links in comments to my old brossen99 Livejournal blog and my YouTube interviews series and you can follow me @NollyPrott on twitter !
This Taxi policy is obviously a deliberate attempt to sabotage the independent private taxi companies out of business in order that big corporate FTSE listed etc companies can create a virtual fiefdom and force people in desperate need of a basic living income to become self employed buy franchises and stump up the cost of new designated manufacturer and model probably imported vehicles every 5 years and end up working for less than minimum wage ( as it doesn't apply to the self employed ) just for the personal use of the car for their personal and family essential transport needs. The exact same principle probably applied to any rural postmen who would have had to buy franchises and stump up the cost of their van after full Royal Mail privatisation. Its clear that all the commenters on LT supporting things like new vehicles and like with the Coldweather Gisburn solar farm plan and other green policy initiatives and moaning about speeding are paid to do it in some way, and if you have the attention span the fuller picture of the subversion of our country via EU sponsored green policy is on my nollyprott wordpress blog with links in comments to my old brossen99 Livejournal blog and my YouTube interviews series and you can follow me @NollyPrott on twitter ! brossen99
  • Score: -3

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