November 29, 2018
Drivers who’ve been convicted for serious criminal offences in Bradford won’t be allowed to own a taxi license if new plans proposed by the council are approved.
Improvement on Safety and Security
Alongside councils in Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees, Wakefield and York, the local authority intends to improve the safety of passengers and improve security within the city.
Steps will also be taken to reduce the number of penalty points a driver may have on their licence for motoring convictions.
Members of the public have been asked to voice their opinion on the new legislation which will be applied to both hackney carriage and private hire drivers who’ve committed an offence.
Council Partnerships with Other Local Authorities
Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, Councillor Sarah Ferriby, said: “We’re working closely with nearby areas local authorities to ensure a common standard for drivers across West Yorkshire.
“We believe that the introduction of a new policy will provide a greater confidence for those who use hackney carriage and private hire vehicles and will also ensure that our passengers are as safe as possible. This is the number one priority for Bradford Council.”
Chairman of Bradford’s Hackney Carriage Owners and Drivers Association, Mazar Iqbal, said: “If someone has a criminal record for something like rape or drug dealing, which are dangerous to the public, they should not be driving a taxi.”
An online survey on the proposed new policy runs to December 15 and can be found by visiting the council website here.