Taxi Drivers – Are they eligible?
Up until 2012, taxi drivers did not require a police check unless they were coming into contact with vulnerable groups. However, the government introduced guidelines that required all taxi and private hire vehicle drivers to have an enhanced DBS check.
If a person applies to become a taxi driver they will need to undergo a full police check in order to obtain their taxi driver licence from the local council. The length of time in between checks can vary from different employers and councils, but it is mostly every three years that renewals need to take place.
The enhanced DBS check will show any spent or unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that an applicant might hold. Certain information about an individual can be held by local police forces and it is down to the chief operating officer as to whether they feel it is in the employer’s best interest to disclose this information. It is the responsibility of the employer or licensing authority to make a recruitment decision. It must be noted that if an applicant does have past convictions on their record, this does not mean they will necessarily be rejected for a job. The licensing authority will survey the convictions and make a decision based on the nature and severity of the offence committed.
If an applicant is a self-employed driver, they will need to contact their local council to apply for a taxi licence. However, if they are employed by a company, the employer may arrange a check on their behalf. There is no way that an individual can apply for a DBS check on their own accord.
If you would like to know more about DBS checks for taxi drivers, please contact Care Check on 0333 777 8575.
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