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New taxi demand survey set to determine vehicle licence numbers

Wednesday 26 February 2020
Stirling Council will launch a taxi demand survey to advise whether the current limit on vehicle licences should be maintained across Stirling.

The local authority has undertaken significant consultation since March last year to assess whether changes are required to Stirling’s taxi and private hire licensing framework, and ensure it best meets local needs in 2020 and into the future.

The consultation engaged the public, taxi service users, affected licence holders (including the Taxi Association) and other relevant stakeholders such as Community Councils, disability groups, student representatives, transport providers and Police Scotland.

Feedback from the consultation helped inform today’s (Tuesday 25th February) decision by members of the Council’s Planning and Regulation Panel to host the unmet demand survey.

Panel members also agreed to consult on whether there is a need for a local licensed vehicle fleet that is more accessible to disabled users and meets specified environmental standards.

Convener of the Planning and Regulation Panel, Councillor Alasdair MacPherson, said: “A successful local taxi and private hire framework is one which ensures that there is a safe and accessible service available to the public when and where it is required.

“This survey will help inform whether the limit on taxi vehicle licence numbers should be maintained in order to provide a reliable service that will benefit Stirling’s communities.”

Vice Convener, Councillor Danny Gibson, said: “It is important that we take the right decisions now to ensure the successful future of taxi provision for the people of Stirling. We have a duty to ensure that, so long as we maintain the limit on taxi vehicle licence numbers, that there is no significant unmet demand for taxi services in the local area.”