November 2, 2014
Third of taxi drivers in Burnham-On-Sea area risk losing their licence

A third of taxi drivers across Sedgemoor, which includes Burnham-On-Sea, risk losing their licence as they have not yet submitted their DBS forms.

Sedgemoor District Council says it has a duty to ensure that the public are transported in safe vehicles by individuals who are suitable to drive for the public.

"This is done by a licencing system. Part of that system requires drivers to submit a DBS form," explained the council's Claire Faun.

"The Disclosure and Barring Service, formerly CRB, informs the council what convictions or reports are recorded against individuals - if any - which then, in turn, feed into the licencing process."

She added: "All current licences expire on November 30th. It appears that it can take as much as a month for the results to come back from the DBS to Sedgemoor District Council and only then can SDC issue a licence."

If any drivers are experiencing difficulty their renewals, they should contact the council as soon as possible.

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