REDDITCH taxi drivers could face more rigorous checks under the council's proposals to tighten its licensing regulations.
The way taxi drivers are currently tested is being putting out to public consultation, and includes a number of changes.
Taxi drivers are currently required to pass an examination, including a drug test, by a specific Redditch Borough Council-approved medical practitioner.
This test is then repeated every five years and annually once over they are over 65.
This medical fitness is part of the ‘fit and proper person’ test that is required to hold a taxi license from the borough council.
The council can revoke or suspend the license of anyone that fails.
New options on how the tests could be done are now out to consultation
They include whether the tests could be done by any registered GP or the applicant’s own, whether they should only be required every five years for those aged over 45, and whether the drug test should be replaced with spot checks with no or short notice.
Simon Wilkes, head of Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) which provides licensing services to the council, said: “As licence holders driving paying passengers on public roads, it’s important to assess that drivers are medically fit to drive hackney carriage and private hire vehicles.
"How that is done in Redditch is now under review, and the council is keen to hear from all interested parties on the proposed changes.”
The council is inviting comments on the proposals, or suggestions of any potential alternatives.
To take part in the consultation go to https://www.redditchbc.gov.uk/consultations or if you need help contact WRS on 01905 822799 or email@example.com.
The consultation will close for comments on February 14 2020.