Eastbourne taxi licensing consultation report

Taken from Eastbourne Council website – Key findings

  • There was a high level of agreement for all four broad objectives of the guidance with over 90% of respondents agreeing or strongly agreeing with the proposals.
  • 70% of all respondents agreed that an ‘intended use’ policy is needed.
  • 60% of respondents agreed that newly licensed vehicles should be no older than five years. 32% of respondents disagreed with this proposal.
  • 56% of respondents agreed that 6 monthly VST (Vehicle Suitability Tests) tests should be undertaken. 39% of respondents disagreed with this proposal.
  • 36% of respondents said they felt there is no unmet demand in Eastbourne for wheelchair accessible vehicles with 30% believing that there is unmet demand. 70% of drivers felt there is no unmet demand whereas 40% of residents felt there was an unmet demand (with 42% of residents stating that they did not know).
  • 36% of respondents agreed that when Hackney carriage vehicles are replaced they should all be replaced with wheelchair accessible vehicles. 58% of respondents disagreed with this proposal. 83% of drivers disagreed with this proposal. 46% of respondents with a disability agreed with the proposal.

See the link to the full report below:


Some of our members will be attending the Licensing Committee Meeting on 30th September 2019 at the Town Hall to voice their opinions on the report and speak up for the power wheelchair users who struggle to get taxis as and when they need one.

Do we need rear loading wheelchair accessible vehicles like this that can take up to 4 passengers plus a power wheelchair. Easy loading from the rear?