Decision details

Proposed Extension to Policy Derogations due to Covid-19

Decision Maker: Licensing and Community Safety Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Committee considered a report by the Public Protection Manager (circulated previously) regarding the proposed extension of existing policy derogations due to Covid-19.


The Committee noted a typographical error in paragraph 4.11 and that “1 July 2010” should read “1 July 2021”.


RESOLVED that the Strategy and Resources Committee be recommended to approve the following derogations from the current Council Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy:


(a) Derogation to Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy with respect of maximum vehicle age: The Council will if a hackney carriage or private hire licence is surrendered and provided that an application is received for a further grant of the same vehicle up until the 1st July 2021, waive the following policy requirement (Section 3.5). ‘Officers are not empowered to refuse an application for a licence. Accordingly where an application for the grant of a hackney carriage licence is made when the vehicle in question is more than 5 years old, the application must be referred to the Licensing Sub-Committee for consideration.  The presumption is that licences will not be granted for vehicles over 5 years old, but each application will be considered on its own merits. Factors such as the condition of the vehicle, and the mileage will be relevant.’


(b) Derogation to Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy in respect of fees (Section 16.3):


If an individual wishes to surrender a licence until its expiry, due to concerns over transporting passengers etc., then re-applies, the Council allow them the pro-rata fee (according to the licence period remaining) off a future licence application (for the same licence only), if made up until the 1 July 2021. 

Publication date: 23/02/2021

Date of decision: 09/02/2021

Decided at meeting: 09/02/2021 - Licensing and Community Safety Committee

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