Decision details

Review of South Lakeland District Council Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy

Decision Maker: Licensing Regulatory Committee

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

This policy has been revised to include changes to national legislation and guidance. The revised policy has been through public consultation and approval is now required to formally adopt the policy.

Decisions:

Note – Councillor David Webster, for the purpose of transparency, declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item by virtue of the fact that he knew one of the local private hire operators within the District; however, he was not bias or predetermined, therefore he remained in the meeting with voting rights.

 

The Principal Specialist for the Health & Environment provided a report on the revised Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy 2022 following public consultation. The recommendation was for the Committee to approve the revised Policy. The Policy has been reviewed in line with Statutory and best practice guidance for taxi and licensing authorities, with the suggested amendments listed within the report. Should the Members approve this draft Policy, it is due to proceed to Overview and Scrutiny Committee prior to adoption.

 

The current Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy was approved by the Committee in December 2018, since that date there have been a number of changes to take into consideration.

 

The Officer provided an outline of the background and proposals. Subsequent amendments agreed at the Licencing Regulatory Committee on 07 February 2022 are included within the report. As are the additional proposals following public consultation. Each amendment is referenced to the relevant paragraph of the draft Policy included in brackets and are also highlighted in red within the draft Policy at Appendix 1.

 

The Chairman prompted questions from Members.

 

Members requested clarification on whether it was only new vehicles that must apply to the minimum Euro 6 standards. The Officer responded to confirm the affirmative and that all new vehicles engines must be at a minimum of Euro 6 standard. This is being implemented to ensure that new vehicles on the SLDC fleet are not emitting dangerous levels of emissions and pollution. The Council supports and will encourage the use of low-carbon alternative vehicles, particularly the use of electric vehicles for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire purposes. 

 

RESOLVED – That the Licencing Regulatory Committee:-

 

(1)   Noted the contents of the report; and

(2)   Approved the draft Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Licensing Policy (Appendix 1) and agreed that this be adopted following the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting unless any matters are referred back to the Committee.

 

Report author: Sean Hall

Publication date: 15/08/2022

Date of decision: 04/07/2022

Decided at meeting: 04/07/2022 - Licensing Regulatory Committee

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