The council has adopted revised taxi standards to maintain passenger and driver safety and support the licensed trade.

It follows a period of consultation with the public and the industry and will cover both Hackney carriages and private hire vehicles.

The new standards include changes to signage on vehicles, to be phased in over a 12-month period, alongside changes to licence conditions and to the knowledge test which is undertaken by new drivers applying to be licensed drivers.

This is aimed at modernising and reflecting changes in current operating practices.

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Earlier this year, the council announced the launch of an online service allowing taxi drivers to submit applications, report a change of address, and any damage to their vehicle round the clock.

Figures published this summer revealed that thousands of taxi drivers working in Greater Manchester, including Bury had registered in Wolverhampton where fees are lower. 

Cllr Charlotte Morris, cabinet member for culture, the economy and skills at the council, said: “We’ve worked closely with the licensed taxi trade and appreciate their co-operation in drawing up these changes, which reinforce our shared commitment to ensure that the service they provide meets the highest standards of safety for drivers and passengers alike.”

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A spokesman for Bury Private Hire Drivers Association said: “The taxi industry is an essential service that ensures the community's safe and reliable transportation.

“The council’s dedication to reviewing policies demonstrates their understanding of the ever-evolving landscape of the taxi trade and their commitment to meeting the needs of both drivers and passengers.

"We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the licensing service to create an environment that fosters growth, innovation, and the highest standard of service within the taxi industry.”