There will be more frequent safeguarding tests for cab drivers, while cars used as taxis on the Isle of Wight can be older than before, as long as they are electric.
According to the County Press, the changes were recently given the green light by leading Isle of Wight Council cabinet members.
Under the new rules, taxi drivers will sit a safeguarding exam every two years - including learning to identify passengers who are in trouble.
The current system has already required an enhanced DBS since 2016.
Training will include spotting and reporting issues such as trafficking and abuse, and drugs-linked ‘County Lines’ activity.
Councillor Ian Stephen, Cabinet lead for community protection, said: “The main aim of the taxi licensing policy is public safety and firming up safeguarding training, which already takes place, in this policy.
“These moves will make sure vulnerable and at-risk members of the public continue to be looked after safely and any concerns raised with the appropriate agency.”
Under the previous rules, the maximum age of a car when applying for a new licence was three years.
This has now been extended to up to five years for electric vehicles.