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Council launches consultation to review hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy

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Walsall Council is consulting on the review of its current hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy.


The aim of the policy is to provide guidance to applicants or existing licence holders. This contains advice about the criteria taken by the council when determining whether an applicant, or an existing licensee on renewal, is fit to hold a hackney carriage or private hire driver, operator or proprietor’s licence.

The consultation will start on Thursday 16 November 2023 and will end at midnight on Tuesday 28 December 2023.

The council  has adopted the government’s statutory guidance and made some minor changes to the existing hackney carriage and private hire licence conditions.

The licensing policy is to ensure that the travelling public within Walsall can be confident that the drivers licensed by the council are suitable for this role and that the standards applied are current and consistent.

“ We want to make sure that the people who are licensed to drive taxis and private hire vehicles in Walsall are fit and proper to do so. This policy will help us to achieve that by providing clear guidance on the criteria that we will consider when making licensing decisions.

I would encourage all interested parties to take part in this consultation and share their views. “

Councillor Garry Perry, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Resilient Communities
Walsall Council

To take part in the consultation, please visit the Walsall Council website at: Consultation on Criminal Convictions and Fit and Proper Persons policies | Walsall Council

For further enquiries about the consultation, please send an email to:


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