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Cambridge City Council

Taxi and private-hire vehicle standards consultation

The government has evidence that taxis and private-hire vehicles are considered a ‘high-risk’ environment. Examples include abuse and exploitation facilitated or perpetrated by drivers, and the number of sexual crimes reported that involve drivers. This evidence has been gathered from data collected from local authorities across the country.

In July 2020 the government published guidance on statutory taxi and private-hire vehicle standards. They have advised licensing authorities to publish their consideration of the new standards by the end of January 2021.

The guidance presents a framework, including eligibility criteria, which we must consider when deciding whether to grant licences. The focus is on protecting children and vulnerable adults from harm, but all passengers will benefit from the recommendations in the guidance.

Although the standards are guidance and not compulsory, the government expects us to implement the recommendations unless we have a compelling reason not to do so.

Have your say

We want to know what you think about the new standards, and whether you think we should adopt the recommendations in full. You do not have to be a taxi driver to respond.

The changes we propose to make are listed in annex A of the consultation document.

To have your say, complete our online survey or download the printable version and send it back to us.

The consultation closes on 30 December 2020. If you have any questions about the standards or the consultation, contact us at or 01223 457888.

Next steps

Your responses will inform a report and recommendations that we will take to the Licensing Committee on 25 January 2021.

If councillors adopt the recommendations, we will update our taxi licensing policy and handbook.