Agenda item

Interim Review of Policies and Conditions relating to Hackney Carriages, Private Hire Vehicles and their Drivers and Operators

Report of the Group Director of Services


The Group Director of Services submitted a report (previously circulated) to authorise amendments to Darlington Borough Council’s ‘Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Licensing Policy 2021’, following approval from the Licensing Committee on 6 September 2022.


The submitted report recommended changes to the Council’s Taxi Licensing Policy following the impact covid and the current economic issues has had on the trade.  It was reported that consultation had taken place, and included proposals in line with the Department for Transports (DfT) draft ‘Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Best Practice Guidance’, which is awaiting publication.


The submitted report stated that the proposed amendments had been supported by the Licensing Committee, following a meeting held on 6 September 2022, and reminded Members that the Policy was last approved on 26 November 2020, for implementation on 1 January 2021.


RESOLVED - That the revised Taxi Licensing Policy be approved by Council, and that it be applied to all licences from the day of decision.


REASON - To provide support to the taxi trade in the Borough through difficult economic times, whilst maintaining safety standards for the travelling public.

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