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Consultation on Criminal Convictions and Fit and Proper Persons policies

We are consulting on: 

  • changes to the current Motoring and Criminal Convictions policy 
  • the introduction of a Fit and Proper Persons policy

You can find our current policies on the driver's licence application page.

Keeping people safe is our main motivation. The aim of these changes is: 

  • to make sure that customers are confident that the drivers we license are suitable 
  • that we apply consistent standards 

The consultation is open from 16 November until 28 December 2023. 

If you’re not able to download the documents below, you can view copies of the draft policy in Walsall libraries.

Changes to the current motoring and Criminal Convictions policy 

We have adopted the statutory guidance and made some minor changes to the existing Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Convictions policy.

Download list

Introduction of a Fit and Proper Persons policy 

If adopted, the proposed policy will provide guidance on the criteria we use to decide if the applicant is a fit and proper person to hold a Hackney carriage or private hire driver, operator or proprietor’s licence.

Download list

The proposed policy will apply to: 

  • all new applicants 
  • existing licensees on renewal 

This requirement is contained within Sections 51 and 59 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.  

This policy categorises the types of issues (including crime and driving convictions) that form part of the “fit and proper” test. 

The assessment aims to make sure that : 

  • an individual does not pose a threat to the public  
  • we meet our obligations to safeguard children and vulnerable adults 
  • the public are protected from dishonest persons  

The standards of safety and suitability are not set as a base minimum. They are set high to give customers the assurance they need when using taxi services. The council does not have to strike an even balance between the driver’s right to work and the public’s right to protection. The public are entitled to be protected, and we will treat their safety as paramount.  

How to take part 

The consultation is available online: 

If you’re unable to complete the consultation, you can visit a Walsall Connected venue. They’ll help you through the process. 

If you need any further information, email  

Include your contact details and a brief description in the email subject box of your concerns/ query.