RESIDENTS in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse are being offered the chance to have a say on how taxi services are provided.

The two councils are consulting on a new joint policy on licensing rules for drivers and operators.

Proposals include encouraging more wheelchair accessible vehicles, a penalty point system for minor offences, spoken English tests for drivers and standardised taxi roof signs.

Ann Ducker, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Drivers and taxi companies provide a valuable service for many people. It is vital we continue to keep what we expect of drivers and taxi companies under review and up-to-date.

“The new proposals cover every aspect of what is required to continue to run a good quality, safe and professional taxi service.”

And Yvonne Constance, Vale of White Horse cabinet member for legal and democratic services, added: “When people see a taxi licensed by the council with a plate on the back they know the driver and vehicle are of an approved standard.

“I’d like to encourage residents and taxi drivers to give their views as this will help us meet local needs.”

Visit haveyoursay or say or call 01235 547614 or 01491 823093. Consultation ends on Friday, June 22.