Issue details

Licensing of new or replacement hackney carriage and private-hire vehicles when social distancing measures due to Covid-19 are in place.

When a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle is licensed, checks are ordinarily made by officers in respect of the operation of the top light; condition of body work, and interior; presence of fire extinguisher; first aid kit, etc.

Additionally a meter test is undertaken to ensure that the taximeter is calibrated effectively, and there is no risk of over-charging members of the public.

In light of the impact of Covid-19, it is not proposed to enter vehicles at this time to undertake these checks or complete a meter test (which entails an accompanied drive over a measured half mile), and therefore a derogation from the current procedure and Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy 2016 is proposed as follows:

Officers will ask for photographs to evidence vehicle condition inside and out; presence of meter; top light (on and off); fire-extinguisher; and first aid kit.

Plates will be sent out in the post.

No meter test will be undertaken, and meters will remain unsealed.

NOTE: The plate on a vehicle deemed of paramount importance in terms of public confidence and enforcement of the licensing regime, and as such the above derogation is only proposed in circumstances where vehicle plates can continue to be made up by Customer Services/Licensing staff.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 20/05/2020

Decision due: 1 Apr 2020 by Chief Executive

Contact: Ken Miles, Chief Executive Email: