Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy Consultation

In July 2020, the Government published new Statutory taxi and private hire vehicle standards to licensing authorities setting out a range of robust measures to protect taxi and private hire vehicle passengers. This can be found here:

The Statutory Standards are an important first step in reforming the way the taxi and private hire vehicle sector is regulated and should ensure consistent standards between licensing authorities, reducing the risk of harm posed to children and vulnerable passengers in the process. It follows historic and serious cases of hackney carriage and private hire drivers abusing their position of trust elsewhere in the country.

The Department for Transport expects these recommendations to be implemented by all licensing authorities unless there is a compelling local reason not to do so.

The vast majority of the recommendations have already been implemented by Hambleton District Council and are contained within its existing Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy. However, a revision of the policy has been drafted with a view to adopting any additional measures outlined in the government’s statutory standards. The proposed revisions include:

  • increased frequency of criminal record checks on licensed drivers;
  • minor amendments to the Council’s policy on the relevance of criminal convictions;
  • the introduction of basic criminal record checks for vehicle proprietors;
  • new obligations on private hire operators to conduct basic criminal record checks on staff responsible for taking bookings and dispatching vehicles;
  • new obligations on private hire operators to formulate a policy on the relevance of criminal convictions for staff;
  • additional information and guidance relating to existing practices.

Any relevant stakeholders and interested parties are invited to comment on the proposals and the Licensing Committee will be asked to consider any amendments. 

The Draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy can be found here:

A table of the proposed amendments can be found here:

If you would like to make any comments, please do so in writing by no later than 9 July 2021 to:

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Hambleton District Council
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Northallerton
North Yorkshire
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