Members were told that the
Council currently has in place several policy and guidance notes
for the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Taxi industry. However,
it does not have a single overarching policy, covering both of them
as a whole. The report to Committee recommended that the Committee
should now follow national best practice by agreeing a new Hackney
Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy for the District. This
policy, it was explained, would apply to both new and existing
drivers, vehicles and service operators. If agreed, the policy
would be implemented from 17 October 2016.
The Committee was informed that
there had been extensive consultation on the proposed new policy. A
letter had been sent to all licensed drivers and private hire
operators explaining the proposed policy and asking them for their
views. The draft had also been placed on the Council’s web
site. Members were told that four responses had been received.
Three of these had been in writing. The fourth was an oral
response. Members considered the responses, which were set out in
the report. Several of the suggestions made by the respondents had
been accepted and incorporated into the policy. Others had been
rejected. The reasons why the suggestions had been accepted or
rejected were discussed and supported by Members.
The Licensing Policy Officer,
Peter Barrow, then explained in detail to the Committee what the
new policy would cover and how it would differ from the existing
policy framework. These changes, he stated, were set out in Section
3.9 of the report.
Members discussed the report
and the proposed policy. During the discussion, they heard that as
part of an ongoing inquest into a fatality by the Coroner all
Nottinghamshire Hackney and Private Hire licensing authorities in
the County had been asked to review their licensing policies and
that as a consequence comparable reviews had or were taking place
across Nottinghamshire. They also heard that the Coroner might make
some specific recommendations to the authorities when the inquest
concludes, which is expected to happen in October.
The Committee welcomed the fact
that policy reviews had taken place across the County and that
there would be greater convergence between authorities, in terms of
how they approached the licensing of Private Hire and Hackney
Carriages, which would benefit both the public and the
At the conclusion of the
meeting the Members of the Committee made it clear that they all
supported the new policy and agreed that it be adopted.
That the Licensing Committee approves the Hackney
Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy and that the policy be
implemented on 17 October 2016;
That the Licensing Committee agrees that authority
for the Policy be applied to both new and existing applicants of
Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers, Vehicles and
That the Licensing Committee delegates authority to
the Service Director, Places and Communities, to make any minor
amendments to the Policy.
To establish an overarching
policy for the licensing of the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire
industry in the District.