Draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy Consultation

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About this Consultation

In July 2020 the Department for Transport (DfT) published its statutory guidance regarding Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles Standards.  This document sets out the minimum standards for licensing authorities to apply with regards to certain aspects of taxi licensing.  Licensing authorities are under a legal duty, under section 177 of the Police and Crime Act 2017, to have regards to the guidance and to reflect it in their taxi licensing policies and procedures.  However, this does not mean that all aspects of the standards have to be adopted and we are keen to be proportionate and adopt any provisions that are appropriate.

There are a number of main aspects of the guidance and in summary these are:
  • Administering the licensing regime, including a local licensing policy;
  • Decision making, including training of decision makers;
  • Gathering and sharing information, including the use of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checking process and sharing of information with other licensing authorities;
  • Fit and proper test, including relevance of criminal convictions;
  • Minimum requirements for driver licensing;
  • Criminality checks for vehicle licence holders;
  • CCTV in vehicles;
  • Criminality checks for operator licences;
  • Operator record keeping requirements.
  • As a result of this guidance, Cheshire East Council is preparing to review its current application processes and conditions of licences (Driver, Vehicles and Operators).

In advance of such review, Cheshire East Council is undertaking a public consultation to seek the views of existing licence holders, potential licence holders, stake holders and the wider public on a number of issues, not only within the statutory guidance issued by DfT, but also on the following issues:
  • Views on the introduction of the NR3 Register*;
  • Views on a register of Wheel Chair Accessible Vehicles;
  • DBS Update Service;
  • Safeguarding Awareness Training for all drivers;
  • Age limits for vehicles on initial licence**;
  • Emission Limits***;
  • 6 month vehicle inspections for vehicles of 5 years and older;
  • How to deal with accident replacement vehicles (streamline the process);
  • Safeguarding training for Operators and their staff;
  • Operator booking records to be kept for 2 years;
  • Records of complaints to Operator to be kept for 2 years.
You can view the draft policy here as it is referenced  throughout this consultation.

Completing this consultation

We would like to hear your thoughts so please complete this online survey before the consultation deadline 24 December 2021.

If you have any queries about the survey, or if you would like to receive this questionnaire in an alternative format or submit your response in a different way, please contact us at licensing@cheshireeast.gov.uk. 

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