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
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.
Draft Motoring and Criminal Conviction policyDownload PDF (2.02 MB)
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.
Draft Fit and Proper Persons policyDownload PDF (1.77 MB)
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: