Have your say on taxis
THERE is still time to have a say on how taxi services are run, but the deadline is fast approaching.
Residents of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse have the chance to give their views on how taxi services are provided in the area.
The two councils are consulting on a new joint policy on licensing rules in the districts for drivers and operators.
People are being asked for their views on a range of proposals which include encouraging more wheelchair accessible vehicles in the area, a penalty point system for minor offences, spoken English tests for drivers and standardised taxi roof signs.
The councils also want to hear views about the use of tariffs for hackney carriages which make it clear what the maximum charge for a journey is and whether there should be a maximum age for vehicles.
Representatives from the taxi trade are encouraged to take part and taxi user groups will also be having their say on the proposals.
Councillor Ann Ducker, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: Taxi drivers and taxi companies provide a very valuable service for many people.
"It is vital that we continue to keep what we expect of drivers and taxi companies under review and up-to-date."
The new proposals cover every aspect of what is required to continue to run a good quality, safe and professional taxi service.
If you would like a paper copy of the survey, or to give your views in another way please contact the consultation officer on 01235 547614 or 01491 823093.