Private hire drivers test bid
Private hire drivers could soon have to pass a route test like their taxi driving counterparts.
South Lanarkshire Council is set to introduce a test for private hire drivers from January 1 next year.
A facility where taxi drivers can become private hire drivers if they fail three route tests will also be removed.
Council officers say the move will“ensure a consistent approach and improve the standard of service provided by private hire drivers”.
If a driver fails the test, their application will be automatically refused.
Applicants will be able to sit as many tests as they want in a three month period, although each test would incur a separate fee of £25.
The test will be multiple choice.
Councillors on a finance committee rubberstamped the move at a meeting last Wednesday, September 6.