Agenda item

Review of Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Policies

Minutes:

The Senior Licencing and Compliance Officer submitted a report which sought member’s approval to refine and alter parts of current Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policies.

 

Members were presented with details of the amendments to four policies;

 

Driving Assessment

 

To consider an extension to the existing timescale required for drivers to pass the practical driving assessment, and to impose a penalty for non-compliance.

 

The Senior Licencing Officer answered questions from members and clarified that this amendment was required to ensure that all drivers have sufficient time to complete the test and that imposing penalties would ensure all drivers comply, she also confirmed that all drivers have already been sent at least two reminders to complete the driving assessment.

 

Agreed

 

Members approved the officer’s recommendations as follows;

 

a)  Allow an extension of time of six months for existing drivers to pass the practical driving assessment, running from the original date of 15 January 2019 with a new due date of 15 July 2019; and

b)  Give delegated powers to the Senior Licencing and Compliance Officer and Licencing and Compliance Officer in conjunction with Legal Services and the Chair or Vice Chair of the Licencing Committee to allow an extension after 15 July 2019 in individual cases; and

c)  Impose on of the following penalties for existing drivers who do not pass the driving test by the due date of 15 July 2019, or who have not been allowed an extension by officers;

  i.  Suspension of driver’s licence or

  ii.  Revocation of driver’s licence

 

 

Knowledge Test

 

The Senior Licencing and Compliance Officer confirmed that currently there are no penalties in the policy for non-completion of the knowledge test and at the time of the meeting only 19 drivers had completed the test. Members were asked to agree to impose penalties for drivers who do not pass the test by 31 October 2019.

 

Agreed

 

Members approved the officer’s recommendations as follows;

 

a)  To impose the penalty of suspension of licence for existing drivers who do not pass the knowledge test by 31 October 2019; or

 

Vehicle Age Policy

 

The Senior Licencing and Compliance Officer advised that there was some ambiguity with the current policy and proposed amendments to the wording of paragraph 4. She also clarified the situation with Vehicle Testing Centres; that the current centre was chosen following the standard tender process.

 

Agreed

 

Members approved the officer’s recommendations as follows;

 

a)  Remove and replace the wording in paragraph four of the policy with the following:

 

“If a vehicle is over four years of age from the first date of registration within the duration of its licence, a vehicle test is required no later than six months following the commencement date of the vehicle licence and no earlier than 28 days before that date (‘First Six Month Test Date’). For example, if a vehicle turns four on 29th March, it must be tested by 29th September at the latest but no easier than 1st September. Following the First Six Month Test Date, subsequent tests must be completed no later than six months following the previous test and no earlier than 28 days before each subsequent six month test is due to be undertaken”

 

b)  Remove the failure to comply with condition to have six month test penalty of “immediate revocation or refusal to renew the vehicle licence” and replace with “suspension of vehicle or refusal to renew the vehicle licence”.

 

Vehicle Advertising Policy

 

It was confirmed that enquires had been received regarding advertising being placed on vehicles which raise awareness of charitable campaigns rather than to generate commercial revenue for the vehicle proprietor, with the recommendation to waive such fee.

 

Agreed

 

Members approved the officer’s recommendations as follows;

 

The addition to the wording of paragraph 5.1 of the policy as follows:

 

a)  If the advertisement is to raise awareness of a campaign or charitable cause, the fee is waived.

 

The Legal and Licencing Manager clarified to members that the right of appeal to the amended policies was through the Magistrates Court.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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