Policy requirements for existing licence holders

Last updated on: 08-Dec-2021

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Below is a list of policy requirements needed for an existing Driver Licence holder, if you require any further guidance please contact our Licencing Team at licencing@gravesham.gov.uk.

Safeguarding Training

All Driver Licence holders are required to successfully complete the Taxi Safeguarding Training Classroom Course. Please note, due to social distancing, these courses are currently being delivered via Zoom by the Blue Lamp Trust.

You'll need to arrange and pay for your test directly by visiting the Blue Lamp Trust Taxi Safeguarding page.

This must be completed by the 1 September 2021, you will need to email a copy of your certificate to licencing@gravesham.gov.uk.

Disability Awareness Training

All Driver Licence holders are required to successfully complete the Disability Awareness Training Classroom Course. Please note, due to social distancing, these courses are currently being delivered via Zoom by the Blue Lamp Trust.

You'll need to arrange and pay for your test directly by visiting the Blue Lamp Trust Disability Awareness page.

This must be completed by the 1 September 2021, you will need to email a copy of your certificate to licencing@gravesham.gov.uk.

DBS Check

All Driver Licence holders must have registered for the DBS Update Service by 1 July 2021.  This is to assist with the requirement for DBS checks to be carried out six months rather than every 3 years,

Guidance on how to apply

Upon request you will be sent the DBS application form, which you will need to complete following the guidance on the front page. This must be returned to the Licensing office by special delivery, with the required original identification documents.

Please pay for your DBS check using our online form. This covers the cost of the check and the council’s processing costs. Please note that your application form will not be sent to the DBS until this payment has been received.

The full list of acceptable documents for the check can be found via the links below. Please note that only original forms of identification will be accepted.

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020) provides that when applying for certain jobs and activities, certain convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected’. This means that they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account.

Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

Once you have received your DBS certificate you can register it with the DBS Update service, which involves setting up a yearly payment of £13. Visit GOV.UK DBS for further guidance on registering with the DBS update service.

Full policies

For more information on the full list of relevant criteria set out within each council’s respective full policy see them below:

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