Issuing of taxi plates (FOI)
Issuing of taxi plates (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 26 June 2019.
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What is the position of Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS) with regards to the number of taxi plates in circulation (adequate / too few / too many?)
If inadequate, what actions are DVS taking to remedy this?
Please provide copies of all data along with corresponding analysis which lead to the position in (A) being taken, including but not limited to: unmet demand surveys, public forums and comparisons with similar jurisdictions.
Please provide copies of all correspondence between DVS and recognised booking entities or taxi associations pertaining to the number of plates in circulation.
Please provide a breakdown of ages of taxi drivers, in the following categories: 21 to 30, 31 to 40, 41 to 50, 51 to 60, 61 to 70, 70+
What is DVS doing to increase the number of younger drivers entering the industry?
How many individuals are currently on the waiting list for a taxi plate?
A and B
DVS consider the number of taxi plates in circulation as adequate at this time.
This information is contained within the Taxi Reform Programme Report and appendices and the Taxi Reform Regulation review. This information is therefore exempt under Article 23 (Accessible by Other Means) of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 as it is already available to view on the Consultation pages on www.gov.je using the following links:
The future of taxis - public consultation
Taxi regulation review
Whilst DVS have been in contact with taxi associations and companies to discuss a variety of matters there has not been any specific discussion / correspondence solely relating to the number of plates in circulation.
We estimate to review all correspondence, meeting notes and so on, between ourselves and taxi associations in order to find and extract information relating solely to the number of taxi plates in circulation would exceed the 12.5 hour working hours allowed for responding to Freedom of Information requests. This information is therefore exempt in accordance with Regulation 2 (1) of the Freedom of Information (Costs) (Jersey) Regulations 2014. This part of your request, therefore, will not be processed further.
Because of the way our records are structured we have only been able to provide a breakdown of the age categories set out below for plate and licence holders.
Breakdown re age of Plate Holders
| Up to 39 ||40 to 49 ||50 to 59||60 to 69||70 to 79||80 and over|
|Number of plate holders||3||24||68||97||55||5|
Please note that 40 of the licences are issued to taxi companies and are not linked to specific individuals, therefore, we are unable to provide the ages for these.
DVS has modernised the entry requirements and is working with taxi companies to encourage new drivers into the industry. The reform programme is structured in way that makes the taxi profession attractive to younger people.
There are 118 individuals on the waiting list as at 24 June 2019.
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