Public opinion sought on taxi hire

Dumfries and Galloway Council is holding a consultation on new proposals for improved taxi and private hire licensing across the region. The proposals, which were formed from a recent review of taxi and private hire consultation, include the introduction of a dress code, medical testing, compulsory knowledge testing and CCTV recording in cabs.

The follow-up consultation is seeking opinions on these new proposals and will run from Wednesday 13 May until Friday 12 June.The consultation can be completed on the council website www.dumgal.gov.uk/consultations.

The results of this consultation will be submitted to the council’s licensing panel in June.

Clerk to the Licensing Panel, Alex Haswell, said: “It’s clear from the recent survey that the public take an interest in the local taxi and private hire fleet. Taxis and private hire vehicles provide a crucial part of the local transport provision and their drivers are often giving the first impression of our region to visitors. We want the public to take pride in the fleet.”