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Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy

HACKNEY CARRIAGE & PRIVATE HIRE LICENSING POLICY

Ashfield District Council has adopted a Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Licensing Policy. The aim of the Policy is to promote a professional and respected licensed Trade by way of standards, criteria, and conditions attached to licences. The Policy also sets out how the Licensing Authority will carry out it's Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Licensing function.

The Policy incoporates much of what is included in the Driver, Vehicle and Operator Application Packs, as well as our Warnings, Offences, Cautions & Convictions Policy.

The Policy took effect from 1st May 2018, and can be viewed here.

The changes to the Policy (compared to the Policy that was in place prior to 1st May 2018) are detailed below:

  • Implementation of a complete set of new conditions to be attached to the grant of a Hackney Carriage & Private Hire (Dual) Driver Licence. 
  • Amendments to the Vehicle Age Limits in place in relation to Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles: namely to increase the permitted age limit for any new licence to be for a vehicle under 5 years of age, any replacement vehicle to be under 5 years of age, and that no vehicle licence will be renewed should a vehicle be of 12 years of age or more.
  • Implementation of new conditions, and amendments to existing conditions to be attached to the grant of a Hackney Carriage Vehicle and / or Private Hire Vehicle Licence. 
  • Implementation of new conditions, and amendments to existing conditions to be attached to the grant of a Private Hire Operator Licence. 
  • The waiver of the £30.00 annual fee payable by a Private Hire Operator for a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle in his / her employ, should such a vehicle be deemed to be a “low emission” vehicle (i.e. if manufactured prior to 1st April 2017 that the vehicle falls within Vehicle Excise Duty Bands A – C, or if manufactured from 1st April 2017 emits between 0 – 75 g/km CO2 emissions as stated on the Vehicle Log Book). 

 The application packs for Drivers, Vehicle Proprietors and Private Hire Operators have been updated accordingly to assist you.