PEOPLE are being invited to have their say on new standards for regulating Craven taxi and private hire vehicles.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has created a core minimum set of national standards to regulate the taxi and private hire sector, with the aim of better protecting the public, particularly children and vulnerable adults.

The DfT expects the recommendations set out in the taxi standards to be implemented by licensing authorities like Craven District Council unless there is a compelling local reason against it.

Before the council’s licensing committee agrees to bring policy in line with the DfT recommendations it is asking the public and key stakeholders for their views.

Questions include whether it should increase the number of years for the application of a licence following a conviction for the possession of an offensive weapon.

To take part in the survey, which runs until September 22, visit: .

Paper copies of the consultation are available by emailing: