Consultation Starts: 12-Jul-2021 at 8.00am

Consultation Ends: 11-Oct-2021 at 11.59pm

Consultation start date: 19 July 2021

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 adopted a new Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing policy in 2019 and committed to reviewing it every 3 years. We are now undertaking that review and consulting on a revised draft policy. We invite you to submit your comments.

The draft policy takes into account:

  • changes in Department for Transport statutory guidance introduced in 2021

  • feedback from the trade

  • consideration of local circumstances

  • public safety and

  • best practice.

We have also identified areas within the new draft policy document that will affect our existing procedures. We have incorporated new legal requirements arising from the Department for Transport Statutory guidance, in particular the proposed introduction of a penalty points scheme for drivers/operators and vehicle proprietors.

In addition to wording within the policy, we also propose to introduce:

  • a penalty points scheme for drivers, vehicles and operators

You can view the draft policy and penalty points scheme online or at our offices at Pathfinder House, St Mary’s Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TN by appointment only.

You can respond to the consultation:

  • by email to: licensing@huntingdonshire.gov.uk or

  • in writing to: Consultation Responses, Licensing, Huntingdonshire District Council, Pathfinder House, St Mary’s Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TN

The consultation will close on Monday 11 October 2021 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 January 2022. 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.

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.

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy 2021 [PDF, 0.5MB]

Appendix A - Penalty Points Scheme [PDF, 0.1MB]