New applicants applying to become taxi or private hire drivers in Leeds could be rejected for having 7 or more penalty points on their driver's licence.
Existing licence holders could also face having their licence revoked should they reach 9 or more points for minor convictions.
On 22 September 2021 the Council’s Executive Board agreed to consult on a new standard in the Taxi and Private Hire Suitability (Convictions) Policy relating to Minor Traffic or Vehicle related offences.
Part of Leeds City Council’s duty is to make sure taxi and private hire drivers, among other licence holders, are ‘fit and proper’ people for the role. This includes having a good driving record. Currently, people who apply for, or hold a taxi or private hire licence, can be granted a licence by the Council even if they have up to 12 points on their DVLA driving licence
The Council revised its Suitability (Convictions) Policy in February 2020, bringing Leeds City Council standards into line with five neighbouring authorities and many more across the UK.
However, the standard relating to minor traffic or vehicle related offences was objected to by drivers, leading to further consideration of it.
Following a long consultation with stakeholders and further work the Council’s Licensing Committee have recommended and Executive Board have agreed that the public should be consulted on the following new standard:
Applications for a taxi or private hire driver licence be refused when an applicant has 7 or more points for minor convictions showing on their driving licence;
Existing licence holders reaching 7 or 8 points for minor convictions will receive a warning and may be required to attend training; and
Existing licence holders reaching 9 or more points for minor convictions may have their licence refused or revoked.