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DVL issues 42 new taxi permits

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Wednesday 07 December 2022

Driver & Vehicle Licensing has issued 42 new Taxi Public Service Vehicle permits since the process was simplified a couple of months ago in response to the Taxi Review.

By comparison, 11 Taxi Public Service Vehicle permits were issued in 2020 and six were issued in 2021.

Previously, applicants were required to sit an additional practical driving test and an 'Island Knowledge' test. However, provided that applicants hold a full category B driving licence and have a suitable alternative in place to ensure they can effectively navigate their way around the island, this requirement has been removed to streamline the process.

In addition to the 42 new permits, 15 existing Bus or Private Hire Public Vehicle permit holders have requested a permit to function as a taxi.

Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez, President of the Committee for theEnvironment & Infrastructure:

"It's great to already see such a huge increase in the number of taxi drivers following this pragmatic change. This was a quick win, which will be part of a longer-term plan in response to the Taxi Review, but it's good to see this heading in the right direction for the benefit of our community and visitors to our island."

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