TFL proposals could include advanced driver tests

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Private Hire drivers in London could face new strict tests if an array of new proposals are successful following consultation.

Transport for London has revealed details today (15 February) of its new policy statement which highlights how ride-sharing and app-booking services could work in the future and features a list of stringent procedures with the aim of “Ensure London remains the world leader in regulating taxi and private hire services while maintaining the safety of passengers”.

As well as an advanced driving test for new applicants, TfL is also considering proposals for consultation which include PHV operator fleet insurance and Private Hire vehicle signage.

Following the Uber outrage throughout 2017, the statement highlights how officials could enforce policies and plans on how PHV operators will prevent and report offences and insist on named accountability at senior management level. It also covers policies such as reporting and protection of personal data.

TfL says its considering an ‘enhanced driver assessment package’, covering areas such as safeguarding, disability, equality and knowledge of PHV legislation.

Helen Chapman, Interim Director of Licensing, Regulation and Charging said: “The private hire market is unrecognisable from when current legislation was introduced. The growth of ride-sharing and other advances mean that regulation has to be fit for the next decade and not the last.”

Helen added; “Our vision sets out clearly how we will manage these new developments that improve convenience for customers, while ensuring safety remains our top priority. The document also makes clear that any new developments in the sector have to fit with the objectives of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy.”

Any changes will be subject to full consultation.

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