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ALL taxi and PHV drivers SHOULD undergo Advanced Driving Test says taxi rep

Updated: Jul 12, 2022

ALL taxi and private hire drivers (PHV) drivers should have to undergo an Advanced Driving Test (ADT) before being licensed says taxi representative after new best practice guidance responses are submitted.

The Government recently closed a 12-week consultation to update vital Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) guidance supplied to local authorities to better cope with new digital ways of working following the boom in ride-hailing services.

The London Cab Drivers Club (LCDC) responded, making several points around private hire vehicle (PHV) recognition, tinted windows and passenger safety. One of the recommendations included bringing back the ADT to improve the standard of driving in London and help the Mayor of London’s ‘Vision Zero’ ambitions.

Vision Zero aims to eradicate deaths and serious injuries from London’s roads and make London a safer, healthier and greener place.

Grant Davis, LCDC, said: “If TfL and the Mayor are really serious about their “Net Zero” project in London then TfL MUST bring in all these additional changes to their licensing process.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, confirmed that the ADT will be looked at only once the updated guidance is published. Khan said: “The Department for Transport is carrying out a consultation on updates to its taxi and private hire best practice guidance. Once the updated guidance has been published, Transport for London (TfL) will give consideration to all the points within it, including any guidance on advanced driving tests."

In July 2021 he also spoke about the possibility of ADT. He said: “Along with Transport for London (TfL) and the Metropolitan Police Service, I remain fully committed to the Vision Zero objective of eradicating deaths and serious injuries from our roads and making London a safer, healthier and greener place.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the taxi and private hire industry in London, and licensees are facing significant personal and economic challenges.

“In light of this, and after carefully considering the responses to the earlier Improving Safety in PHVs consultation, TfL is prioritising the implementation of the Department for Transport’s Statutory Standards for taxi and private hire vehicle licensing, all of which seek to make services safer for passengers.

“Once these standards have been introduced and the industry is on the road to recovery following the pandemic, TfL will review any outstanding proposals in its consultation, including the Advanced Driving Test, to determine whether they are still required.”


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