Agenda for Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Joint Working Group on Tuesday 5th March, 2019, 10.00 am

Agenda

Venue: Committee Room - Bootle Town Hall, Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 7AE. View directions

Contact: Mark Toohey  Tel: 0151 934 2274

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Minutes

Minutes of the meeting held on *

Additional documents:

3.

Matters Arising from the Minutes

4.

Upfront fee for new driver applicants

Item raised by the Chair.

 

To discuss the proposed introduction of an upfront application fee for new driver applications only. The Council can offer up to 27 appointments per day for new applicants - the current attendance rate for these appointments is in the region of 75%.

 

The committee report that went to the Licensing & Regulatory Committee on 7th January considered the introduction of an upfront fee for new driver applications but deferred any decision until the meeting to be held on Monday 18 March 2019.

 

The cost of a 3-year driver licence for 2019/20 will be £73.

 

Trade representatives are therefore asked for their views on the following;

 

a.     Do they support the introduction of an upfront fee which will be offset against the total cost of a new licence? (new applicants only)

 

b.     The suggested fee is around £25 - £30. Again, trade representative’s views are welcomed on the suggested level of the upfront fee.

 

The views from the trade will be incorporated into a report to be considered by the committee on the 18th March 2019.

 

Note - suggested fees for knowledge tests have been suspended until further notice.

 

5.

Task and Finish Group Report/DfT Draft Statutory Guidance

Item raised by the Chair.

 

The Task & Finish group (TFG) on Taxi Licensing produced a report on 24/09/18 which contained 34 recommendations for local authorities covering a whole range of topics such as safety, accessibility, training, DBS checks and cross border hiring. Following on from this, the Government has now produced its response to that report along with draft statutory guidance for licensing authorities which will be introduced using the Policing and Crime Act 2017. The guidance will not be mandatory but the Minister (Nusrat Ghani) has indicated that she expects all licensing authorities to adopt the guidance unless there is a compelling reason for not doing so. The draft guidance is subject to a consultation period until 22nd April 2019.

 

The original TFG report can be found here;

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/taxi-and-private-hire-vehicle-licensing-recommendations-for-a-safer-and-more-robust-system

 

The Government response to the TFG report can be found here:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/taxi-and-private-hire-vehicle-licensing-government-response-to-independent-report

 

The draft statutory guidance and further information on the consultation process can be found here:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/taxi-and-private-hire-vehicle-licensing-protecting-users

 

 

 

6.

Outcomes from the Spokespersons meeting on 29 January 2019

Item raised by the Chair.

 

To discuss any issues arising from the meeting held on 29th January 2019.

 

7.

Ongoing Work Streams

Item raised by the Chair.

 

To update the group on the following work streams;

 

a.     Testing Station Review (Item also requested by Joe Johnson)

b.     Unmet demand survey (Item also requested by Richard Jarman and Trevor Jones)

c.     Group constitution

d.     LCR harmonisation

8.

Enforcement Statistics

Item raised by the Chair.

 

To update the group on recent work carried out by the Taxi Licensing Unit.

9.

Private Hire Operator Tariffs

Item raised by Paul McLaughlin. “To discuss availability of online tariffs from PH Operators”

 

Item raised by Richard Jarman. “Visibility of tariffs in PH vehicles.”

10.

One Stop Shops

Item raised by Joe Johnson.

 

“To discuss costs & staffing levels within the One Stop Shops.”

11.

Current Government Consultations

Item raised by Richard Jarman.

12.

Driver Drug Testing

Item raised by Trevor Jones.

 

“Due to the growing increase in Merseyside licenced private hire/hackney drivers being found positive for drug driving, the necessity for a drugs test to be included in all licence applications, new and relicensing.”

 

13.

Driver Licence Renewals

Item raised by Richard Jarman.

 

“Notice of driver licence renewals and lead times”

 

14.

Property Left in Vehicles

Item raised by Trevor Jones.

 

“The return of luggage or shopping to the passenger that the driver has put in his boot, and who is legally responsible once the driver places the items in the boot of his car away from the passenger.”

 

15.

Private Hire Operator Fees

Item raised by Trevor Jones.

 

“Provide a breakdown of Private hire operator licence fees. Snapshots over the last 10 years to where they stand now.”

 

16.

Date of next meeting

4 June 2019 – Southport Town Hall

17.

Any Other Business