Consultation Documents

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 Licensing Section


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