A consultation on proposed changes to taxi and private hire car licensing.
Throughout Scotland, high quality taxi and private hire car services play an essential part in local transport networks, providing an invaluable service for both residents and visitors to Scotland. However, we must ensure that the operation of the taxi and private hire car trades reflects appropriate standards in meeting the needs of customers and communities.
The aim of any licensing regime is the preservation of public safety and order and the prevention of crime. We want customers to have a safe, reliable and accessible service available to them when and where it is required, at a reasonable cost. We also want to ensure criminal groups and individuals do not benefit from unfair competition and lucrative public contracts.
The main purpose of the consultation is to present options gathered from our discussions with stakeholders with a view to identifying the correct next steps towards a modern and effective licensing regime for taxis and private hire car services. While our current position on these options is outlined in the document, we are willing to review this in light of responses to the consultation paper.