Consultation Starts: 29-Sep-2017

Consultation Ends: 22-Dec-2017

We have a duty to provide a safe and secure taxi service to the public. We have previously met our responsibilities through a number of conditions, guidelines and procedures which have been developed and adopted over the years.

We have now drawn up a new draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing policy for consultation and invite you to submit your comments. The draft policy takes into account:

  • changes in the law
  • concerns from the trade
  • consideration of local circumstances
  • public safety and
  • best practice.

We have also identified a number of areas within the new draft policy document that will affect our existing procedures. We have incorporated new legal requirements arising from the Immigration and Equalities Acts and the obligation to provide three year licences for drivers and five year licences for operators.

We propose to introduce:

  • enhanced training and testing for drivers
  • a complaints procedure and sliding fee scale for operators and
  • measures to differentiate between Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles.

It is important to make the public aware that Private Hire work must be pre-booked with an operator or the insurance may be rendered invalid. We will also be reviewing and updating licence conditions, the relevance and treatment of convictions and any associated forms/procedures.

You can view the draft policy online or at our offices at Pathfinder House, St Mary’s Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TN.

You can respond to the consultation:

The consultation will close on Friday 22nd December 2017 so please submit your comments by this date. This will ensure your comments can be properly considered before the final policy is adopted – we currently envisage this to take effect from 1 April 2018. We are unable to accept verbal responses. For further information or clarification on the draft policy or the consultation process, please email licensing@huntingdonshire.gov.uk or call 01480 387075.

The policy, when adopted, will provide guidance and information on the general approach taken by the council when administering its functions within the legislative framework. It will underpin the current system and procedures, as well as providing information on best practice and other relevant legislation.