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To approve the minutes of the previous meeting.
The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 22nd October 2019 were confirmed as a correct record and signed.
Disclosures of Pecuniary and Personal Interests
No disclosures were made.
Questions Under Other Committee Procedures 12.8
No questions were submitted.
No questions had been submitted.
A report of the Head of Regulatory Services seeking the Committee’s approval of the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy.
Considered a report of the Head of Regulatory Services to consider the new Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy following consultation with trade (item 5 on the agenda filed with these minutes).
Assisting with consideration of the report: The Head of Regulatory Services and the Licensing Manager.
The Licensing Manager drew the Committee’s attention to the comments received during the consultation, the licensing improvement project and that certain administrative processes still required further finalisation. If the recommendation in the report was agreed the Head of Regulatory Services would, under delegated authority, make any necessary minor amendments and alterations to the policy.
Summary, key points of discussion:
(i) as the Safeguarding Vulnerable Passenger Training was now available online, it could be difficult to guarantee it was the applicant completing the training. The application form would be updated to include a signature of the applicant to confirm they had completed the online training and a declaration informing them of the seriousness of signing fraudulently. It was noted that validity and DBS checks were in place prior to the applicant being able to take the training.
(ii) concerns were raised whether the process, by being too complicated and paper heavy, was discouraging new taxi license applicants. The Council had considered processes by other neighbouring local authorities and amended its process accordingly to be more efficient and in line with these councils.
(iii) the current data collection software had limited ability to assess if the changes were making a difference to the number of new applicants.
Councillor Capleton joined the meeting.
(iv) it would be beneficial to have a minimum national standard for taxi licensing. At present there was no such requirement and every council could set its own procedures.
It was noted that an additional meeting of the Committee had been scheduled for 19th May 2020 to review the cumulative impact policy which was last reviewed by the Committee at its meeting in April 2017 alongside the Statement of Licensing Policy and would require renewing in June 2020.
1. that the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy attached in Appendix A, be approved following consultation with the trade, and be implemented from 1st April 2020;
2. that the Head of Regulatory Services be given delegated authority to make minor amendments and alterations, to the final approved policy, in respect of administration procedures and as required to comply with changes to legislation and Government guidance, to the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy, in consultation with the Chair of the Licensing Committee.
1. To ensure that, the Council has a policy that sets out the requirements and standards that must be met and guides the Council in the way that it carries out its functions.
2. To ensure that minor and necessary amendments to the policy can be made in a timely manner.