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Unit 9: Transporting of children and young people by taxi or private hire vehicle

Unit 9: Transporting of children and young people by taxi or private hire vehicle

Unit aim and purpose

The purpose of this unit is to enable learners to understand how to transport children and young persons whether directly or under a contract with a public organisation.  This unit is particularly suitable for learners who work as drivers of taxis, private hire vehicles and for those who are preparing to enter the industry.

Unit introduction

When taxi drivers and private hire operators transport children or young persons it is often as part of a contract where certain specifications and conditions need to be

met.  The unit covers the standards for vehicles, vehicle safety and vehicle checking and looks at seat belt law and the driver’s responsibilities in relation to children’s age and height.  This unit also covers understanding of terms such as ‘duty of care’, ‘negligence’ and ‘in loco parentis’.

The behaviour of the driver in all situations is covered in depth.  The role that the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) and the roles of a driver and escort when transporting children as part of a Local Education Authority (LEA) or Local Authority (LA) are also covered.

The learner will learn how to best to relate to parents, guardians, carers, schools and children or young people including handing over of responsibilities and contingency planning and explain why driver logs or diaries are important.

This unit is directly related to Unit 8 (Transport Children and Young Persons by Taxi, Private Hire and Chauffeuring) of the GoSkills’ National Occupational Standards for Road Passenger Vehicle Driving.


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