High Peak BC Consultation on Hackney Carriage – Private Hire Licensing Policy : Following on from a meeting of the Council’s licensing committee last week, where members of the Labour Group raised a number of concerns about the proposed licensing police for hackney carriages & private hire vehicles, the policy is now out for consultation.
The policy sets out the framework that the council will apply when making decision about new applications and applications for renewal of hackney carriage (taxi) and private hire vehicle, driver and operator licences.
Amongst the concerns that Labour members of the committee has were issues around the colour of vehicles, with the initial proposal suggesting one colour for the bulk of the vehicle but a different colour bonnet, along with issues around the ‘knowledge’ test which is required to be completed by new drivers and the penalty points system.
You can view the draft policy by clicking here (its available on the taxi licensing page of the council’s website), and you have until Monday 12th September to make any comments or responses on it.
If you have any comments or responses about the policy you can make them either by email to PTLP@highpeak.gov.uk or by writing to Alicia Patterson, Operations Manager, HPBC, Town Hall, Buxton, SK17 1AQ. Please mark the envelope private and confidential.
There are also a number of drop in session running, where officers will be available to discuss any specific questions on the policy and these are taking place as follows :
In Buxton Town Hall (please go to reception)
16th August (1pm – 5pm)
23rd August (9am – 1pm)
8TH September (1pm-5pm)
and in Glossop Municipal Building (please go to reception) :
19th August (9am – 5pm)
9th September (9am – 5pm)
Following on from the consultation the policy, will then be considered by the licensing committee again, before going to a meeting of the full council for approval and adoption.