Union says its taxi-driving members are unable to start work because of DBS application queue

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, GMB,

Metropolitan PoliceThe GMB is calling for the Metropolitan Police to employ more staff to end the backlog of taxi driver applications.

The union says 330,000 people are waiting for DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearing – a rise of 10% – including education staff, medical staff, care workers, law enforcement staff, traffic wardens, finance staff, childminders, football stewards, taxi and mini cab drivers, and any other occupation or role involving children and vulnerable adults.

GMB London region secretary Paul Hayes said: “GMB has members unable to start work as cab drivers due to delays in getting DBS clearances.

“Ensuring those working with and in contact with children and vulnerable adults are safe to do so is a vital function that must be done, and done properly.  But it must also be done promptly to ensure jobs and roles working with children and vulnerable adults can be filled and individuals can work and earn a living.

“Allowing a backlog to develop is inexcusable on the part of the Metropolitan Police and symptomatic of a cuts-driven agenda.

“Measures must be put in place both to remove the backlog as quickly as possible and to ensure it doesn’t build up again in future.”

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Tim Lezard

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