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This article will be regularly updated with information that we want to pass on to the taxi and private hire trade in Mendip. Please let us know of any news or events that you believe should be highlighted on this page by emailing us at

Council Consults on Improving DBS Service for Drivers

Mendip District Council has acted as a Registered Body since the inception of the Criminal Records Bureau, which has become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Unfortunately, due to the reduced volume of checks that we now countersign we are not permitted to maintain our Registered Body status. Therefore, we must find another way for drivers and applicants to obtain enhanced level DBS checks as part of the licensing process.

We are keen to use a third party supplier to obtain DBS checks using online means, and use this as an opportunity to improve the service. We have looked at various suppliers and believe we have found a value for money and efficient solution. Powys County Council will process these checks on our behalf and we expect to see checks come back more quickly than they do currently using paper applications.

We will still have the option to use paper applications, but the default in future will be for applications for a disclosure to be submitted online. This will speed up the process, and hopefully mean that new applications are processed more quickly.

The current recharge for a DBS is £44 and this will not change under our proposals, but there will be an additional service charge of £12 (£10 + plus VAT) that we propose to charge. Unfortunately, we must use a third party provider for checks, but this service is seen as an improvement that should see new applicants working sooner. We do not make any profit from using this service for drivers, and we simply recharge the total cost to you.

If you wish to make comment on this proposal please email us at by 22nd August 2018.

Taxi Newsletter - No. 2 July 2018

The latest pdf icon taxi newsletter [250kb] is now available to read and has been posted to all licensed drivers.

What is Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)?

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity. Young people are groomed and sexually exploited in many different forms. This could be online, through street gangs, in religious environments, and by those in positions of authority including celebrity. The common theme in all cases is the imbalance of power and the control exerted on young people by the exploiter/perpetrator.

What is Mendip doing about CSE?

MDC is working with other Councils and the Police in Somerset to raise awareness about this issue with people who may be able to spot signs that something is wrong and children could be at risk of exploitation. To ensure taxi drivers in Mendip are able to spot signs of CSE and know where and how to report it we are distributing leaflets and promotional material to drivers, including a guide for drivers of taxi and private hire vehicles labelled 'How to identify and report Child Sexual Exploitation'.

How do I find out more about CSE?

There is further information on the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Somerset Safeguarding Children Board and National Working Group Tackling Child Exploitation websites.

Message From the Home Office Regarding Illegal Workers

Home Office launches campaign to tackle illegal working in Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle sector

The Home Office will launch Operation Magnify, a UK-wide enforcement and compliance initiative to prevent illegal working in the taxi and private hire vehicle sector.

During the campaign, immigration enforcement officers will carry out intelligence-led enforcement activity in the sector, alongside educational visits to licensing authorities and operators to raise awareness of illegal working. In the taxi and private hire vehicle sector the majority of drivers are self employed, which means that they are not subject to existing right to work checks undertaken by employers. This leaves scope for this sector to be exploited by illegal workers.

Whilst many licensing authorities conduct immigration checks as part of their process to determine that someone is 'fit and proper' to hold a licence, not all do. It is therefore sensible and proportionate to require all licensing authorities to undertake consistent and simple immigration status checks as part of the licence application process. This is why the Home Office are using the Immigration Bill, currently progressing through Parliament, to embed immigration safeguards into the existing licensing regimes for taxis and private hire vehicles.

These immigration checks further support the aims of licensing authorities to protect public safety and increase confidence in the taxi and private hire vehicle sector.

Helping you to make checks

To help us tackle the problem of illegal working, we are reminding employers of current guidance available to undertake right to work checks, to ensure drivers and operators in this sector have the right to work in the UK.

You can help to raise awareness of this issue by sharing our short animated video, 3 step check poster and information slide pack pdf icon how to make right to work checks [146kb].

  • The 3 step check poster is available on
  • Watch our 'How to make a right to work check' video on YouTube
  • Guidance on how to make right to work checks can be found on

Anyone with concerns about illegal working or non compliant employers should report this to the Home Office at

Private Hire and Taxi News Magazines

For the latest magazines please visit Private Hire and Taxi Monthly and Private Hire News. Paper copies are no longer available in reception.

Mendip Wide

All drivers should always ensure that they follow crime prevention advice when leaving a vehicle unattended. A link is provided to the Avon and Somerset Constabulary to find more information.

You are strongly advised to take this advice seriously as there was a spate of vehicle crime affecting taxis licensed in this area.

Last modified: 02 August 2018