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Taxi/private hire licensing policy

 Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Policy

The Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy applies to all drivers, vehicles and operators. The Policy is intended to ensure that both the trade and the public have a document that fully explains our licensing requirements in context for all parties in a clear and transparent manner.

A recent review was carried out of the Council's Policy which was first introduced in 2009. On 12 April 2018 at a meeting of the full Council, the reviewed Policy was approved and adopted with effect from 1st May 2018.  The Council's main objective in doing so was to ensure that the Policy complies with the Government’s best practice guidance, and will continue to provide protection for the taxi trade and the public using the service.

The main revisions, updates and amendments to the Policy focused on areas that reflect national guidance and changes, such as longer licence periods for drivers and operators; the change in immigration laws relating to right to work in the UK; the introduction of a penalty points system for dealing with breaches of the Taxi Licensing Policy and the Laws relating to Taxi and Private Hire licensing; the introduction of an intended use policy; a more robust system for testing a driver licence applicant’s knowledge; and introducing more formal training requirements in respect of safeguarding, child sexual exploitation, and equalities awareness.

The document is in two parts: the first part, sets out the Council’s expectations, intentions and guiding principles in general terms. The second part provides more specific information about the application procedures and conditions to be attached to vehicle, driver and operator licences (including vehicle specifications), in the appendices.

Feedback on the draft policy was invited from the Taxi Trade and anyone using taxis/private hire vehicle services. All comments were considered when the final policy document was prepared.

The Council's Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Policy can be viewed and downloaded here.