There is now a National Inspection Standard
for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles, which is a rigorous
test of not only the mechanical fitness of a vehicle, but also the
external and internal condition. The test is designed to ensure
that vehicles are safe, comfortable and well presented. All
vehicles are tested to this standard prior to a licence being
issued and thereafter every 6 months.
Since the introduction of the National
Inspection Standard in May 2014, there have been two applications
to license vehicles that were outside of the policy in respect of
both age and mileage. As the vehicles did not meet the requirements
of the vehicle policy, the applications had to be determined by the
Registration and Licensing Committee. In view of the fact
that both vehicles passed the National Inspection Standard, the
Committee approved the vehicle applications.
As the Committee have not followed the
existing Policy on these occasions they have considered that it
would be sensible to undertake a review of that policy with a view
to the policy being altered.
A report was submitted to the Registration and
Licensing Committee on the 24th June 2014, to carry out
a consultation exercise with a view to removing the age and mileage
restrictions from the policy, so that each vehicle is assessed
solely on its merits. It is the view of the Licensing Manager
that as the Authority has adopted such an onerous test of a
vehicle’s condition, that the age and mileage of such vehicles has
become less important.
The consultation exercise will be run for 6
weeks, therefore I would be grateful for any comments you may wish
to make by the 11th August 2014.
Submit your comments to the
Last Updated: 02.07.2014 at 16:18