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From: David Naghi (Cllr)
Sent: 20 August 2021 16:22
To: JOHN IANDOLO; Val Springett (Cllr); Sharon Bamborough
Subject: Re: Restricted 12-month Licence proposal
Thanks for your email.
I have cc in the Chairman of Licening Councilor Springgett and Sharon Bamborough in to this
email for their informatiom.
I will ask officers to look at your proposals to see if anything can be done to help. Hopefully a
report can be given to the next full Licensing Committee meeting on the 16th September and the
committee can descuss it. Thanks.
From: JOHN IANDOLO
Sent: Friday, August 20, 2021 2:45:49 PM
Subject: Restricted 12 month Licence proposal
Dear Councillor, Naghi,
Following our telephone conversation last week regarding the failures of Maidstone Borough
Council Licensing to implement its knowledge test correctly which has caused a shortfall in
driver numbers we propose a 12-month training badge.
In the light of our findings from MBC we also feel a need to have the test examined by the trade
to give a realistic overview of what is required to be a good Private hire/ Hackney driver.
We have also consulted other MBC operators who stand alongside us in this proposal.
12-month training badge.
The driver would still be required to have had a
Enhanced CRB check
Once they have completed these sections, they would be able to be licenced with a temporary
badge to allow them to earn whilst they learn. In this 12-month period they would need to pass
the Maidstone test & EQUO test. If applicant does not pass within this period, they would not be
able to obtain a full licence until they have passed.
Applicant would be mentored by an operator & could not swap operators unless authorised by
MBC. This would mean each driver & operator has a fair opportunity.
We believe this would solve all operators’ issues with needing drivers, along with the public
once again being able to have a reasonable chance of getting a taxi when they require Operators
would be expected to arrange weekly training to obtain the pass marks for both tests along with
customer service, assisting with English (if not applicants first language) and driving
With the need for drivers greater than ever we believe this would help solve the issue across all
fleets in Maidstone. We are also proposing this to other local boroughs.
We would like this proposal implemented ASAP as we may have lost many drivers from the
trade because of false pass/ failure marks.
Express has had a consolation with the following operators who also back this proposal
Mr Giovanni Iandolo – Express Cabs & Couriers Ltd
Mr Benjamin Acres - Streamline (Kent) LTDs
Mr Mark Jones - Sapphire Cars
Mr Robert Veitch – Apollo Taxis
Mr Robert Dyer - Cavalier Taxis
Express Cabs & Couriers Ltd