New taxi and PHV drivers may no longer be able bring a translator to help with licence application 

Havant Borough Council are considering the possible ban on new taxi and private hire applicants bringing a translator into their English speaking assessment.

Council members will decide whether to do away with the current policy, which allows applicants to bring someone with them to their initial driver interview to assist with translation.

Now Havant's licensing authority want to ensure wannabe drivers have a good enough grasp of the English language and the required maths skills to meet reasonable standards and meet expectations of the customers.

Also part of the discussions during this month's licensing council meeting was members suggesting raising licence prices for new drivers from £125 to £150 for one year, and from £137 to £210 for three years.

The new proposals would be focused on improving customer experience by ensuring drivers meet higher standards.

Image credit: Flickr - Flazingo Photos

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