Agenda for Licensing and Regulatory Committee Spokespersons with Representatives of the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Trade on Tuesday 29th January, 2019, 10.00 am

Agenda

Venue: Town Hall, Bootle

Contact: Ruth Appleby  Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 137 KB

Minutes of the Meeting held on 30 January 2018.

3.

Declarations of Interest

Members are requested at a meeting where a disclosable pecuniary interest or personal interest arises, which is not already included in their Register of Members' Interests, todeclare any interests that relate to an item on the agenda.

 

Where a Member discloses a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest, he/she must withdraw from the meeting room, including from the public gallery, during the whole consideration of any item of business in which he/she has an interest, except where he/she is permitted to remain as a result of a grant of a dispensation.

 

Where a Member discloses a personal interest he/she must seek advice from the Monitoring Officer or staff member representing the Monitoring Officer to determine whether the Member should withdraw from the meeting room, including from the public gallery, during the whole consideration of any item of business in which he/she has an interest or whether the Member can remain in the meeting or remain in the meeting and vote on the relevant decision.

 

4.

Outstanding Work Streams

 

Item submitted by Richard Jarman.

 

Request for a full review/explanation of outstanding matters agreed at previous meetings. Ref: Minute No. 12 of 30 January 2018, enclosed.

5.

Harmonisation (or amalgamation) of Functions Across the Region

Item submitted by Mr Richard Jarman

 

Request for:

 

‘Proper and detailed reporting including minutes/documents passing between nearby regions and authorities.

To include:

a)    The operation of section 46(1)(d) in relation to fleets with multiple licences. e.g. a vehicle may roam; a business requiring roaming out with its licenced area & the sub-section (as e.g. a business model) is acting contrary to the sub-section.

b)    The effect of a prohibition on mobile telephony for small (one or two vehicle businesses) is disproportionate; especially where ‘handsfree’ installation may be mandated’.

6.

One Stop Shops

Item submitted by Mr Richard Jarman and Mr Joseph Johnson

 

‘The functionality of the duties undertaken by the hitherto outsourced ‘One Stop Shop’.

Consultation was promised and not offered; without limiting generality:

The use of a second person at interviews; where this second person is seen gesturing to encourage a response.

The unit cost for each taxi user’s visit namely

(a) existing or past licensees,

(b) new applicants &

(c) people appearing together to collude; only existing licensees should be interviewed accompanied.

(d) Fees & staffing’.

7.

Enforcement

Item submitted by Mr Tony Crabtree.

 

All ranks in a vicinity should have contiguous hours of operation. To include proper enforcement of “‘rank” transgressions in Southport’.

8.

Licensing Checks

Item submitted by Mr Trevor Jones requesting

 

‘A clear policy dealing with licencing checks / the ‘right to roam’ and reasonable and proper enforcement of ‘agency’ activities; bookings must be directed by a driver’s own operator- not by a third party or even’ licensed third party.  See also Item 5 (a), above’.

9.

National Policies

Item submitted by Mr Trevor Jones

 

‘SMBC should endorse HMPG’s (Her Majesty’s Paymaster General) intended (announced) acceptance of the Taylor report and the “Task & Finish” report’.

10.

Operation Brooklyn

Mr Mark Toohey to report on the results of ‘Operation Brooklyn’ – A Joint Operation between Merseyside Police and Sefton MBC.

11.

Proposed Dates for Meetings of the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Trade 2019/20 Municipal Year pdf icon PDF 107 KB

To consider and agree proposed meeting dates for the 2019/2020 Municipal Year

12.

Any Other Business

In accordance with Minute No. 37(iii) of the meeting of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee of 24 February 2003, other business may only be considered if agreed by the Chair and a majority of both sections of the trade and it is of an urgent nature, i.e. it requires consideration prior to the next scheduled annual meeting of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee Spokespersons with Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Stakeholders.