Hailing a new survey

If you use or drive a taxi or minicab, Buckinghamshire Council wants to know what matters most to you. The council is running a three-week survey which is now under way.

The survey takes about three minutes to complete and results are aiming to help shape the council’s new taxi and private hire licensing policy.

The survey will be available online until 27 September.

Using feedback from the survey, the council will set out its general approach to regulating taxi and private hire (minicab) services across Buckinghamshire in a draft document to be published early next year. The draft policy will then be subject to a public consultation.

The council’s main priorities are public safety, working effectively with taxi firms and updating the policy to reflect current legislation.

Fred Wilson, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services at Buckinghamshire Council, said: ‘Across Buckinghamshire every day thousands of people use taxis and minicabs to get to or from work, for shopping and getting to and from school or for pleasure.

‘Over 3,000 people earn their living through driving taxis or minicabs. So we know that the policy we put in place will affect a lot of people in many different ways.

‘Before we start working on our draft policy document, we want to hear from as many people as possible so that we end up with a policy which balances the needs of taxi passengers as well as the needs of our local taxi operators and drivers.’

After the public consultation closes, the council’s Licensing Committee will then consider all the responses which have come in and any other relevant information and decide on whether to make any changes to the draft policy.

It aims to publish a revised taxi licensing policy next year.