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Council Recommends Safe Taxi Drivers Be Rewarded and Processes Streamlined

November 09, 2011

Surrey – City Council is recommending staff reward safe drivers and cut red tape by implementing two-year chauffeur permits for drivers who have demonstrated safe driving practices, instead of the current policy of annual renewals.

The decision came following a motion put forward by Councillor Tom Gill, requesting staff review the taxi permitting process with a view of creating a more efficient and cost-effective process.

“We want to ensure that we’re creating efficiencies and cutting the unnecessary red tape and paperwork that can be a source of frustration and wasted time,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “We know that many taxi drivers in Surrey have excellent driving records and we want to ensure those drivers are rewarded. The change will act as an incentive to increase safe driving, while at the same time reducing costs at City Hall.”

Currently, Chauffeur permits are required to be renewed each year. The process costs drivers $125 and uses valuable recourses at City Hall and the Surrey RCMP.

“Annual renewals can be an unnecessary burden for drivers and our staff in cases where taxi drivers have proven over a number of years they operate their vehicle in a safe and appropriate manner,” says Councillor Tom Gill.

Through the Red Tape Reduction Advisory Committee, the City is currently reviewing by-laws, policies, regulations and procedures and making recommendations on how the elimination or simplification of rules and regulations can occur without negatively impacting environmental standards or life-safety issues.

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor
604.375.4584