At the last Manchester licensing liaison group meeting, two operators complained of a back log of applications, the answer from the council “they have taken on four more officers to deal with the back log of applications. Sounds good unless you know what’s about to come in force 1st October 2015 “ all councils must issue 3 year driver licenses and 5 year Operator licenses”  Nothing new in 3yr and 5yr licenses except  its now mandatory for councils to carry out, in the past there has always been an allowance for councils to decide if they wished to implement 3 yr and 5 yr licenses,.

Why have Manchester Council Officers and councillors gone against issuing 3 year driver licenses in the past?

With a drivers license being extended too 3 years and an Operators license going from one year to 5 years, Why on earth would Manchester  council employ more staff when instead of delivering 3000 licenses per annum they will be going to 3000 applications every 3 years. It shouldn’t be more staff employed; it should be less staff at a greatly reduced cost to both taxi and private hire trades.

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Hi Folks, we are still here working behind the scenes, yesterday we attended a A2AA meeting ( Access to all areas) last week after replying to TfGM 20/40 consultation we attended a meeting in Manchester with 3 TfGM officers.

Yesterday we tweeted Trafford Council are failing GM by not having a knowledge test for both taxi and PH drivers, we got 2 tweets back from Trafford councillors they are reviewing the knowledge test in the new year to hopefully get it back! To late I stated the damage has been done, Why should one set of drivers not have to undertake it and the majority of Greater Manchester drivers have too?

We know it’s hard out there, with all the out of town drivers taking work from you, until the Deregulation Act is changed I’m afraid we are stuck with it.

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