Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is reviewing the terms and conditions for the licensing of hackney carriage and private hire drivers and vehicles, with a view to improving safety and the accessibility of taxis to the public.

As part of this process, the council is consulting taxi users, the trade and the general public on what matters to them and what their experiences have been when using local taxi services.

The consultation starts on 1 July and closes on 29 July.

Changes to the terms and conditions could include:

All hackney carriage vehicles carrying top lights
The minimum interior width being reduced from 54 to 52 inches to include more types of vehicle
Insurance documents to be carried in the vehicle
Internal identification plates being displayed in all vehicles
Council-issued door signage for all hackney carriage and private hire vehicles
The standard colour of vehicles becoming silver.
Councillor Bernard Sarson, Executive Member for Governance, said: "It is important that we hear from both the public as well as the taxi trade so that any proposed changes take account of both views; though ultimately, the review is to improve the taxi service for the public. It is vital that they feel safe and confident using taxis and that taxi drivers maintain high standards."

If changes are agreed to the terms and conditions these would be implemented on 1 April 2012. There would be no requirement to change the colour of currently used licensed vehicles, until the vehicle reaches its age limit and is replaced.

To take part in the survey, please click HERE

Further details are available online at www.welhat.gov.uk. You can also call 01707 357338 to have a copy of the consultation form sent to you.