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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:27 am 
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Taxi and private hire licensing information to be entered on national database

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By Stephen McCaffrey, Head of Kings View Chambers and Taxi Defence Barristers

Information about drivers who have had their licences refused or revoked will have their details entered on to a national database for councils to check before issuing licences.

The database (also known as NR3) is an initiative of the Local Government Association (LGA) and hosted by the National Anti-fraud Network (NAFN) – an official agency that “supports the highest level of protection of the public purse & effective corporate governance.”

The LGA have recently written to local councils to encourage them to register and upload data to the database including back dating information potentially as far back as 25 years.

There has been long held concern by local councils over the practice where drivers who have had their licence refused or revoked by one council then go on to other council areas where they apply again in hope of gaining a (re)licence.

Councils will be expected to check the details of licence holders and applicants against the new national database before (re)issuing licences.

The database will only contain information about licence refusals and revocations.

Using the database is currently voluntary and there is no statutory requirement on councils to upload information and to check the data base. However, there is a pending Private Members Bill, Licensing of Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill, that will make it a statutory requirement if it becomes law.

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The trade needs to be aware of their rights in relation to the use of the national database.

There is a right to be informed. Taxi and private hire drivers must be told that their personal data will be used in this way, be given information about how that can access information held about them on the database and finally be informed where they can make a complaint about the use of their information. All of this is a statutory requirement under the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulation.

Licence holders are also entitled to know how their data will be processed by other councils – where they are not licenced. This is important because the receiving council will be making decisions on the fitness of the licence applicant. The database must not fetter a council’s discretion – meaning that the licence holder must still have the right to a fair hearing irrespective of what information is held on the national database.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:31 am 
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Using the database is currently voluntary and there is no statutory requirement on councils to upload information and to check the data base. However, there is a pending Private Members Bill, Licensing of Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill, that will make it a statutory requirement if it becomes law.


And the voluntary nature of the database is one obvious shortcoming.

And the cynic in me thinks that many LAs will shun the database because they'd maybe see it as undermining their autonomy and being the thin end of the wedge towards national licensing.

(Of course, the database won't apply to Scotland, presumably.)


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:16 am 
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I think one of the biggest problem is that council’s are the worlds worst at keeping accurate records.

So I doubt many of them will be joining that particular party.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:18 am 
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Sussex wrote:
I think one of the biggest problem is that council’s are the worlds worst at keeping accurate records.

So I doubt many of them will be joining that particular party.


Which of course makes it a worry if they *do* join the party 8-[


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Which of course makes it a worry if they *do* join the party 8-[

And I suspect many many, possibly most, have never banned or suspended a driver in the first place.

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