Consultation on a draft policy for drug testing for taxi drivers

Consultation on a draft policy for drug testing for taxi drivers

Start date: 12th September 2019
End date: 22nd October 2019

What are we consulting on?

We're proposing to introduce drug testing to prevent illegal drug users from being granted taxi licences in Liverpool and to ensure all existing taxi drivers licensed by us are drug free.

In summary, the draft policy sets out our proposals to:

  • Test new applicants with drug-related convictions.
  • Test drivers with drug-related convictions who apply to renew their existing licence.
  • Randomly drug test licensed drivers.
  • Carry out intelligence-led testing on licensed drivers.
  • Re-test drivers who have previously tested positive for drugs to ensure they are fit to reapply for a licence.

Why are we making these proposals?

In the course of a recent 18-month period, Merseyside Police found that 54 drivers licensed by Liverpool City Council tested positive on the roadside when stopped while driving their taxis. These drivers typically tested positive for cannabis or cocaine above the legal limit.

In addition, Merseyside Police arrested 114 licensed drivers across Merseyside on suspicion of drug driving between 1st May 2018 and 1st May 2019.

We are concerned that a small minority of the 4,500 taxicab and private hire drivers licensed by us drive their vehicles while illegal drugs are in their bloodstream. 

How to comment

We'd like to hear your views on this proposal. Please fill in our quick online survey using the button below.

Complete our online survey

What happens to my views?

We ask for your details on the survey so we can contact you to discuss any of your comments, if we need to. Your responses may be included in the consultation report passed to the licensing committee and may be published on this website, but your name and details will not appear next to them.

All responses will be kept solely for the purposes of this consultation and will be destroyed 12 months after it closes.

What happens next?

Consultation results will be fed back to the licensing committee which will decide whether or not to proceed with the proposal or amend it in any way.

Further information

If you have any questions about this consultation please email