The LGA (Local Government Association) welcomes a new Bill which would make it mandatory for licensing authorities to access vital background information about drivers seeking a licence in their areas. This will support the work of councils to ensure anyone using a taxi or private hire vehicle (PHV) is kept safe.
This bill has had a second reading in the House of Lords. However, it has not been finalised as yet.
Read more here.
At long last due to the problem of not being able to have a medical carried out by your own doctor, licensing have approved the providers as shown. The SHPHA can comment on D4Drivers the company our association approved and after having discussions with their sales director, myself as chairman of the SHPHA had a medical last year for a price of £55 including VAT, but choose yourself as SCC licensing has recommended.
See below email from Southampton City Council Licensing Department.
Back in September 2021 at a Licensing Committee Hearing we changed the medical policy to allow approved medical practitioners to undertake medicals without referral as well as the drivers own General Practitioner. You will be pleased to know we have completed the procurement process we were obliged to undertake and have three approved medical practitioners.
Drivers will now be able to choose if they wish to have their medical undertaken at their own surgery as before or by using one of the approved providers. Drivers should note that the providers will insist that drivers bring their medical summary along to their appointment. This is obtainable free of charge from their GP surgeries.
The approved list is below:
Approved Medical Providers
D4Drivers (Rymans Ltd)
0300 3030 668
023 8047 2232
Regency Medical - Portsmouth (Medique Limited)
0203 734 3629
*Town Hill Surgery is proposing to undergo a rebranding and the name may change in the near future.