Eastbourne Borough Council has launched a public consultation on new guidance for the licensing of taxi drivers in the town.
Anyone who wants to be a taxi driver in Eastbourne must apply to the council for a licence and pass certain tests.
The draft guidance introduces four broad objectives; the safety and welfare of the public, to encourage environmental sustainability, ensuring efficient and effective taxi and private hire provision in Eastbourne and monitoring and improving standards of service in the town.
In response to requests from residents, the draft guidance also includes a particular emphasis on equality and accessibility. It is proposed that all new Hackney Carriages (taxis) will only be licensed if they are wheelchair accessible.
Drivers will be required to attend training sessions on disability awareness and all applicants must pass the training before a licence can be issued.
Residents, private hire and Hackney Carriage drivers, operators and other stakeholders can provide feedback online by visiting the council website or send comments in writing to Taxi Licensing, Eastbourne Borough Council, 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4TW.
This consultation will run from Tuesday 23 April to Tuesday 18 June 2019 at 5pm.
For more information visit lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/EBCtaxiconsultation
The consultation is available in alternative formats such as paper copy, a different language or large print on request.
Published 30 April 2019