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Bury Council adopts revised Knowledge and signage taxi standards to modernise trade

Bury Council has recently announced the adoption of new taxi standards aimed at upholding the safety of passengers and drivers while embracing developments in the licensed trade.

Following an extensive public consultation period, these regulations will apply to both hackney carriage taxis and private hire vehicles.

The revised standards encompass several key changes, including updates to vehicle signage that will be gradually implemented over the course of 12 months. These alterations are designed to enhance visibility, enabling passengers to easily identify licensed taxis, ensuring their peace of mind.

In addition to signage modifications, Bury Council has implemented changes to licence conditions. These conditions set out a framework for operating practices, effectively streamlining and adapting to current industry standards.

Furthermore, the new standards introduce a revised knowledge test for aspiring licensed drivers. By modernising the assessment process, Bury Council aims to reflect the evolving nature of the trade and equip new drivers with the necessary skills to provide a gold standard quality service. This will also serve as a measure to maintain passenger safety by ensuring that drivers possess the knowledge required to navigate the area efficiently and safely.

Councillor Charlotte Morris, cabinet member for culture, the economy and skills, said: “We’ve worked closely with the licensed taxi trade and appreciate their co-operation in drawing up these changes, which reinforce our shared commitment to ensure that the service they provide meets the highest standards of safety for drivers and passengers alike.”

A spokesman for Bury Private Hire Drivers' Association said: “The taxi industry is an essential service that ensures the community's safe and reliable transportation.

“The council’s dedication to reviewing policies demonstrates their understanding of the ever-evolving landscape of the taxi trade and their commitment to meeting the needs of both drivers and passengers. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the licensing service to create an environment that fosters growth, innovation, and the highest standard of service within the taxi industry.”


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