CARLISLE City Council has updated its taxi policy - and residents can have their say on the new proposals.

The council is asking both the public and businesses their opinion as part of a consultation exercise involving other authorities, including the police and existing license holders.

A copy of the draft policy is available on the council's website.

A spokesman for the city council said: "We take our responsibility as the licensing authority in Carlisle very seriously. It is extremely important we have the best possible taxi policy in place.

"Please take this opportunity to have your say on the changes that are being proposed as they can potentially affect everyone that operates, or uses, Carlisle licensed vehicles.”

It follows the publication of new guidance from the Department for Transport, which replaced the existing guidance dating back to 2010.

Changes to the existing policy are highlighted within the new document.

Comments and suggestions will be included in a report that will go before the council's regulatory panel in August 2021.

Any responses regarding the draft Licensing Policy should be submitted by emailing