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Department for Transport latest update

The Department for Transport has provided an update on the status of taxi and PH.

Paul Elliott, DfT Policy Adviser, Buses and Taxis Division said in his communication to councils:

"Taxis and private hire vehicles can continue to work. But the advice is absolutely clear - people should stay at home if possible. That is the way to save lives and protect our NHS. The public should avoid travel unless absolutely essential. The only reasons to leave our houses are set out in government guidance.

"Clearly if absolutely necessary to travel by taxi or private hire vehicle, best efforts should be used to follow the guidance as far as is practically possible, including washing your hands as soon as you get home.

"Taxi and private hire drivers should not generally be considered Critical Workers. Those undertaking Home to School transport or the transport of 'extremely vulnerable' people may be considered Critical Workers on a case-by-case basis. Critical Workers should also whenever possible make suitable arrangements for their children to stay at home; requests for children to attend school should be discussed with the school."

Closures

The customer access point is closed due to emergency measures caused by the covid19 infection. We need to work together to reduce the spread of the virus.

Please see below for temporary application procedures;

For general queries, we advise all customers to contact Licensing by email (licensingoffice@wakefield.gov.uk) in the first instance as response are quicker in this format, if necessary you can leave a voicemail on 01924 302932 however it will take longer to respond to voicemail messages.

To send applications, we advise for them to be either faxed (01924 302928) or emailed through (licensingoffice@wakefield.gov.uk)

If you have no access to a computer or fax machine, we advise for you to submit the application through your Operator base.

In some circumstances it may not be possible to accept your application, if this is the case, you will be contacted by a member of staff.

Please note; we are not accepting the following applications;

  • Private Hire/Hackney Carriage driver grant applications.

  • New Private Hire vehicle applications.

  • Private Hire/Hackney Carriage vehicle changes.

  • Transfers of Private Hire/Hackney Carriage vehicles

TEMPORARY APPLICATION PROCEDURES

DRIVERS

Applicants that require a DBS will need to:

  1. Complete and sign your renewal application form, if you do not have a renewal form please click here to print one off. (please note that a DBS application form would have to be sent to you through the post separately if you require a DBS completing, please advise us if you require one)

  2. Scan the form and attach it to your email.

  3. Scan in your driving licence and attach it to the email.

  4. Scan in 2 other proofs of identification from the DBS guidance list. You can find this information in the application form.

  5. Ensure your scanned attachments are either JPEG or PDF format. We can accept a photograph however it must be as an attachment to the e-mail NOT within the body of the e-mail and must be clearly readable. if we cannot read the document as a whole we will not accept the attachment.

  6. Log on to www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence and generate a code.

  7. Send the code in your email to allow us to view your driving licence record.

  8. Email the form, driving licence and identification to  licensingoffice@wakefield.gov.uk

DBS application form, you must:

  1. Complete the form in full and sign it.

  2. Put the completed form in an envelope and write the Licensing Office address (Wakefield Council, Licensing Services, Wakefield One, Po Box 700, Burton Street, Wakefield, WF1 2EB) on it, you can then either post it, this may delay the time it takes in sending it to the DBS or take it to County Hall, Bond Street, WF1 2QW and post it by hand through the letter box in the wall.

     We will:

  • Have it sent from County Hall to be processed by a licensing officer that is authorised to sign the form.

  • Check it for errors and if it is satisfactory, send it to the DBS.

  • Provide you with a unique payment reference number.

  • Send you a link to our website so you can pay for your application.

Applicants who do not need a DBS, will need to:

  1. Complete and sign your renewal application form, if you do not have a renewal form please click here to print one off.

  2. Complete the form in full and sign it.

  3. Scan the completed form and attach it to your email.

  4. Scan in your driving licence and attach it to the email.

  5. Ensure your scanned attachments are either JPEG or PDF format. We can accept a photograph however it must be as an attachment to the e-mail NOT within the body of the e-mail and must be clearly readable, if we cannot read the document as a whole we will not accept the attachment.

  6. Log on to www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence and generate a code.

  7. Send the code in your email to allow us to view your driving licence record.

  8. Email the form and driving licence to  licensingoffice@wakefield.gov.uk

     We will:

  • Provide you with a unique payment reference number.

  • Send you a link to our website so you can pay for your application.

When your DBS is received back, you must:

  1. You must register for the update service within 30 days of the certificate being issued details of how to do that can be found at https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

  2. Once registered you will need to complete a consent form, please click here to download, and scan the consent form along with all the pages of your DBS then e-mail them to licensingoffice@wakefield.gov.uk

     When we receive your DBS certificate and consent form, we will:

  • Consider your application against the suitability policy.

  • If your badge is ok to issue then we will e-mail you asking you to complete a collection signature and for a scanned copy of both sides of your driving licence.

  • When we receive the signed collection signature and your driving licence back, we will then e-mail your paper licence and a badge letter.

  • You must: carry the badge letter with you at all times when you are working.

VEHICLES

To make a vehicle renewal application you will need to:

  1. Complete and sign your renewal application form, if you do not have a renewal form please click here to print one off.

  2. Scan the form, attach to your email, this must be in either JPEG or PDF format. We can accept a photograph however it must be as an attachment to the e-mail NOT within the body of the e-mail and must be clearly readable, if we cannot read the document as a whole we will not accept the attachment.

  3. Email the form back to licensingoffice@wakefield.gov.uk

     When we receive your form in the correct format, we will:

  • E-mail you back with the details of your test appointment.

  • Provide you with a unique payment reference number.

  • Send you a link to our website so you can pay for your application.

When your vehicle has passed its test, you must:

  1. Email the pass slip to licensingoffice@wakefield.gov.uk in JPEG or PDF format. We can accept a photograph however it must be as an attachment to the e-mail NOT within the body of the e-mail and must be clearly readable, if we cannot read the document as a whole we will not accept the attachment.

     When we receive a satisfactory pass slip from you, we will:

  • Email you a copy of your paper licence.

  • Email a letter explaining why you have not been issued with a plate.

  • You must: carry this letter with you at all times when you are working.