Try this one on for size.
From the 17th of June, licensing authorities will no long be informed what is on your CRB check
No I'm not making this up
Only the applicant gets a copy of the CRB check
The appropriate authority will be informed if this check is clear or there is something on it...but they won't have the right to know directly from the bureau what's on it.
Therefore, appertaining to the London Taxi trade, If/when LTPH are advised, that the information disclosed to the applicant is not judged to be clear, they will then have to write and ask the applicant to forward on the original certificate.
Does this leave the door open for possible corruption...you bet!
Does this add another layer to the process where information could be lost...you bet!
LTPH will then make a copy of this certificate and return original to the driver.
So, LTPH will have a cheap photo copy rather than their own official copy of the disclosure document. This copy will then be destroyed when a decision has been made about the application.
The CRB check will be renamed a Document and Barring Check (D&B)
There is however (at a price) a new update service available, which allows LTPH to go on line at any time and check you criminal record status.
This means that you will still have to apply and pay for your CRB check, but LTPH will be able to check on line (also at any time while the license is current) rather than write to you and ask for the original.
For the pleasure of saving LTPH two lots of postage and allowing them to carry out online record checks free of charge, you will be required to pay £13 annually. Any driver who subscribes to the new Update Service will need to provide LTPH with details on their licence application form and confirm that they consent to them carrying out the online check.
They will all, of course, argue that by you paying the added fee, it will ensure that your details are more secure! We would argue, FOLLOW THE MONEY!
TfL say the changes are being made by the DBS and not by TfL. It is one of the government’s priorities to overhaul the criminal records regime to give individuals greater control of their own information". That is until LTPH asks for it.