Pri­vate hire driv­ers test bid

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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.

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