Eastbourne taxi licensing consultation

Eastbourne Access Group want to ensure disabled people have their say about Eastbourne Taxi licensing consultation and encourages them to fill in this consultation as a current taxi user or a future user if more taxis were accessible and available when needed not just between school runs…

Eastbourne Borough Council has launched a public consultation on new guidance for the licensing of taxi drivers in the town. Anyone who wants to be a taxi driver in Eastbourne must apply to the council for a licence and pass certain tests.

The draft guidance introduces four broad objectives;

  • the safety and welfare of the public
  • to encourage environmental sustainability
  • ensuring efficient and effective taxi and private hire provision in Eastbourne, and
  • monitoring and improving standards of service in the town.

In response to requests from residents, the draft guidance also includes a particular emphasis on equality and accessibility.  It is proposed that all new Hackney Carriages (taxis) will only be licensed if they are wheelchair accessible.

Drivers will be required to attend training sessions on disability awareness and all applicants must pass the training before a licence can be issued. 

Residents, private hire and Hackney Carriage drivers, operators and other stakeholders can provide feedback online by visiting the council website. 

For more information and to respond to the consultation visit:


This consultation will run until Tuesday 18 June 2019 at 5pm.