Licensing - taxis and private hire

Introduction

East Northamptonshire Council has reviewed its Taxi Policy and associated documents. Following a consultation with the trade, councillors approved the new policy and appendices and these came into force from 1 September 2016 and affect all licence holders. The changes to the documents have ensured that they are legally up to date and take into account best practice and emerging issues such as Child Sexual Exploitation. There are a number of key changes within the new policy that the trade have been made aware of. It is important that all licence holders read these documents and are aware of the new obligations.

People that drive taxis and private hire vehicles need to obtain a licence to make sure they are safe to drive the public. The vehicles also need to be licensed to make sure they are safe vehicles for the public to be in. People that run private hire businesses, known as operators, are also licensed.

The licensing process makes sure that taxis and private hire vehicles in East Northamptonshire are safe. You can make a complaint here about a taxi or private hire vehicle or driver, apply for a licence or view our public register.

You can download copies of the taxi application forms.

Once we have issued you with your drivers badge it is a condition of your licence that you join the DBS Update Service. You have 19 days from when your DBS Certificate is issued to do this.

Taxi consultations

Taxi Fares

A request has been made by the Taxi Trade for the taxi fares to be increased, details of the proposed change can be found on this Fares document.

A consultation is taking place with the taxi trade, members of the public, neighbouring authorities, Police and Highways. The consultation will last for 6 weeks, closing at 5pm on 15 December 2017.

If you wish to submit a repsonse to the consultation please do so please use our inline survey form at: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/TAXIfare/.

Taxi Policies

The Taxi Licensing Policies have now been in place for over a year and due to legislation changes and general updates the proposed amended documents are out for consultation, changes include the following:

•  Legislative updates in relation to the Immigration Act 2016
•  Proposal to remove the ‘Grandfather Rights’ currently in place for certain Hackney Carriage Vehicles
•  Clarity on the process of issuing a licence for less than three years
•  Clarity on repeated failures of the Knowledge / CSE Tests

The Taxi Trade are invited to read the proposed amended documents below; the changes are highlighted in red font:

Taxi Licensing Policy Nov 2017

Appendix B HC/PH Drivers Licence Conditions Nov 2017

Appendix D PH Operators Licence Conditions Nov 2017

Appendix E Penalty Points Scheme Nov 2017

The consultation opens 17 November 2017 and runs for 4 weeks, closing at 5pm on 15 December 2017.

Any comments to the consultation must be submitted in writing for consideration using the contact information on the right hand side of this page.

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