Decision details

Badges and Plates for Licensed Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles.

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Whilst at this present time a system is being maintained to issue plates and badges for licensed taxi and private hire vehicles, and their drivers, there is concern that with the impact of Covid-19 the Council may reach a position whereby it is not be possible to issue a plate or drivers badge due to staff absenteeism.

The Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy references the issue of plates and badges, and the requirements surrounding their display. If badge and plate make up is compromised, it is suggested that the Council issue a temporary licence by way of email, and a letter to the driver or proprietor concerned that they can present this to clients using their vehicles.


Covid-19 is impacting the UK at an unprecedented rate, and the usual systems available to implement policy changes via Licensing and Community Safety Committee, Strategy and Resources Committee and Full Council are not expedient. Given the circumstances many of these meetings are compromised due to social distancing precautions being now in place.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - as above
Option 2 - none
Option 3 -none

Publication date: 20/05/2020

Date of decision: 27/03/2020