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Wirral taxi drivers face more medical checks to ensure they're up to the job
11:35am Wednesday 13th March 2013 in News
TAXI drivers could be obliged to undergo a five-yearly medical examination under new rules being considered by Wirral Council.
At present, a driver is required to have an initial medical test to ensure they are physically fit - along with other background checks - before being granted a permit.
Currently, llicensed Hackney and private-hire drivers in the borough do not have to have a further medical examination until they reach the age of 65, after which they are required annually on renewal of the licence.
Members of the council's health and safety committee next week will be asked to review these arrangements then instruct officers to carry out consultation with drivers on a range of options for revised checks.
They include demanding checks annually; every three years or every five years after a driver reaches the age of 45.
A change of rules could bring Wirral's policy inline with other Merseyside councils.
Most authorities in the county ask for five-yearly medicals up to the age of 65 and then annually.
Fees charged by GPs for medical examinations are typically between £100 and £140.
The consultation will take place over six weeks and the results reported to a future meeting of the committee.