A review of Guernsey's taxi and private hire car licensing regime is being undertaken. The review will look at how improvements can be made for both customers and members of the industry. This includes looking for how to deliver improvements in availability, affordability, reliability and environmental credentials.
Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez, President of the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure commented:
"The taxi industry has been significantly impacted by the COVID pandemic over the past couple of years and has seen significant change and development, as well as a gradual erosion of the number of taxi drivers in the Island. The Committee therefore believes now is the right time to undertake a review.
"Taxi services operated in other jurisdictions, such as taxis on demand, taxi-related apps and taxi sharing, are all factors that will be considered within the review, along with a focus on greener travel."
Leon Gallienne, President of the Taxi Federation added:
"Current licensing measures control the number of operators permitted to provide taxi and private hire car services in Guernsey, as well as the fare structures. We want a system that will attract prospective drivers into the industry, offer them a sustainable living and boost the availability of taxis for customers, particularly during periods of peak demand."
Key stakeholders including the Taxi Federation, taxi drivers, customers and specific customer groups such as mobility impaired travellers and business travellers, will be consulted over the coming weeks.
The review will be undertaken by TAS Partnership, a UK-based specialist transport agency, following an open and competitive tendering process. No Guernsey-based agencies tendered for this work.
Further information will be published in due course. In the meantime, individuals wishing to be involved in the consultation can register their interest by emailing TAS Partnership at Guernseytaxis@taspartnership.com.