New taxi licensing policy drives up standards

Councillor Banks, Andrew Delahunty, Colin Williams
Councillor Banks, Andrew Delahunty, Colin Williams

St Helens taxis drivers joined council officials at the town hall to show their backing for St Helens Council’s revised Taxi Licensing Policy.

The policy - which aims to support and develop the local taxi trade, maintain high service standards and protect the public – is the result of productive partnership work between the local authority and the licensed vehicle trade that began in early 2015, subject to an extensive consultation process.

Taxi drivers Andrew Delahunty and Colin Williams joined the Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, Councillors Steve and Lynn Glover, Licensing and Environmental Protection Committee members Councillor Dave Banks (Chairman) and Councillor Allan Jones - as well as members of St Helens Council’s Licensing and Land Charges team - to show their support.

Councillor Banks said: “Taxis are usually the first contact many visitors have with an area and as such, it is essential that standards are high so that those accessing the service can be confident of the quality of that

service.

“As a borough which has recently placed regeneration at its forefront, it is essential that those who can play a part in developing a positive image of St Helens do this effectively.”

Councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron, Cabinet Member for Green, Smart and Sustainable Borough, and member of the Licensing Committee, added: “We have viewed the production of this policy as a method to engage the licensed vehicle trade in proactive and productive discussions not just around the policy, but as to how we may begin to further grow this important sector within the borough. Going forward, we’ll be looking to further develop the policy, adding provision for electric cars and looking

at new ways of operating.

“Reaction from the trade overall has been extremely positive, with thanks and comments noted by members of the Licensing Committee on what continues to be a positive and effective working relationship.”