Clear English, smart dress and ban on smoking for Moray’s Taxi drivers

Moray Council

Taxi drivers in Moray face language and knowledge tests as part of any future licensing applications – and will be required to adhere to a dress and behaviour code.

New rules are being introduced by Moray Council following a review of taxi and private hire licences, the result of recommendations from a wide-ranging consultation undertaken by the local authority’s licensing committee.

As well as facing the new tests, drivers will be banned from smoking while they are parked at a taxi rank.

The consultations followed representations from the general public, Police Scotland and the taxi trade itself – it is the first time in over 10 years that a review of private hire and taxi licensing has been held in Moray.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, chairman of the licensing committee, said: “A review was long overdue and it was important that we got the views of as wide a cross-section as possible.

β€œThe licensing committee has taken on board those views and the changes which will be implemented are in line with the feedback we received from the consultation.

β€œIt was the largest response we have ever had to a consultation on licensing and I would like to thank everyone who took the time and trouble to respond.”

A dress code that gave a smart, clean and tidy impression to customers provoked a 60% favourable response in the consultation, with discussion now set to take place with the taxi trade over how that code will be implemented.

The smoking restriction attracted a 67% favourable response while all bar 4% of those consulted supported the introduction of a language test as part of the license application process.

The licensing committee has also agreed to implement a series of recommendations stemming from a similar consultation on public entertainment licences which was run in parallel with the taxi licensing consultation.

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