As you are aware there have been some proposed changes to the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy. I have attached the proposed list of changes and the reasons.
The consultation period was due to end 31 May 2020, however due to COVID-19 this date has been extended to the 31 August 2020.
We are unable to organise the drop in sessions as planned due to the Covid19 restrictions. However we would welcome any representations which need to be e-mailed in full to email@example.com
We have arranged for Cab Direct to display a couple of their vehicles that may be allowed to be licensed as Hackney Carriage’s if the policy is approved. The display to view these will be on 5 & 6 of August 2020. Exact Location and times tbc.
Summary of Changes for the Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Policy 2020
Proposed changes affecting:
Must have attended the Safeguarding training.
Must attend Safeguarding training every 3 years.
Safeguarding training should be regularly refresher so it is fresh in driver’s minds, every 3 years syncs with the requirement for school contracts.
Must produce an enhanced DBS on application and renewal.
Must sign up for the DBS update service.
Currently drivers are unable to renew without a current DBS, subscribing to the update system means they can renew immediately and their record can be checked for any changes.
All new drivers must have gained the Btec Taxi driver qualification.
All new drivers must attend the taxi and private hire driver training course – comprising of safeguarding, disability discrimination awareness, customer service, English comprehension and conditions.
Feedback from the drivers and operators is that prospective drivers are struggling with the cost and length of the Btec qualification. Some providers have stopped offering it.
Providing the training in house enables us to focus on local issues, such as plying for hire.
Drivers must adhere to drivers licence conditions
Drivers conditions have been replaced with a drivers code of conduct
Legally it is recommended that we have a Code of Conduct instead of conditions.
Drivers are currently dealt with in line with Appendix K, enforcement procedures
This has now been expanded to include adoption of the Institute of Licensing’s Guidance to determining the suitability of applicants and licensees in the hackney carriage and private hire trades
The Guidance has been adopted by numerous local authorities and it is hoped that it will stop drivers shopping round from one Authority to the next.
All licensed vehicles
Must be under 7 years of age when first licensed and must be tested every 6 months once they reach 10 years
No lower age limit, but upper age limit of 12 years
We removed the upper age limit in 2016, since then the age of our fleet has increased with a 18 yr old vehicle currently licensed. An upper limit will ensure that vehicles are newer with lower emissions.
Hackney Carriage Vehicles
Vehicle must be Whole Vehicle Type Approval Category M1 ‘purpose built’
Side loading only
Vehicles must meet one of the vehicle type approvals and can be rear loading
We receive complaints about the larger wheelchair accessible vehicles form the trade and customers.
Licensing smaller vehicles will enable more choice, better economic value and assist with air quality.
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