Agenda and decisions


Licensing Committee - Wednesday 18 January 2023 6.30 pm

Venue: Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury, OX15 4AA. View directions

Contact: Aaron Hetherington / Matt Swinford, Democratic and Elections  Email: democracy@cherwell-dc.gov.uk, 01295 221534

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Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interests and the nature of that interest which they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.

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Petitions and Requests to Address the Meeting

The Chairman to report on any requests to submit petitions or to address the meeting.

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Urgent Business

The Chairman to advise whether they have agreed to any item of urgent business being admitted to the agenda.

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 191 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meetings of the Committee held on 7 September 2016, 16 May 2017, 15 May 2018, 14 May 2019, 19 May 2021 and 18 May 2022.

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Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

 

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Consultation on Revisions to the Council's Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Policy pdf icon PDF 250 KB

Report of Assistant Director of Regulatory Services & Community Safety

 

Purpose of Report

 

The Council is currently consulting on proposals to amend the Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Policy (‘the policy’). This report provides a summary of the background to the proposed changes to the policy and the consultation process being followed. It also outlines the intended timetable for formal decision on any changes to the policy.

 

The Council’s Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Policy must be approved by Full Council. The Licensing Committee is constituted to “deal with all matters which are the responsibility of the Council in relation to hackney carriage and private hire vehicles licensed by the Council”. Therefore, it is appropriate that the Licensing Committee should consider any proposed changes to the policy and provide comment for consideration when preparing the final policy to be proposed to Full Council for adoption.

 

The Council has a statutory duty to ensure the proper administration of taxi licensing legislation in the district. Taxi services are an important part of the local economy and therefore fulfilling this statutory duty contributes to the Council’s priority to ensure the district has an enterprising economy with strong and vibrant local centres. The primary purpose of the licensing regime is to promote public safety and therefore the Council’s work to licence taxi drivers, vehicles and operators also supports the commitment to work with partners to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour. Further, the proposed revisions to the licensing policy include measures to reduce the carbon emissions of the taxi fleet in support of the council’s commitment to protect the environment and to help achieve net zero targets.

 

Recommendations

 

The Committee is recommended to:

 

1.1  Review the proposed changes to the Council’s Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Policy, and responses received to date during the public consultation on those proposed changes, and provide comment for consideration in the preparation of the final policy to be proposed to Full Council for adoption.

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)      That, with due consideration, the following comments are made for consideration in the preparation of the final policy to be passed to Full Council for adoption:

 

·      Endorse the changes proposed by officers and the further revisions intended as a result of consultation feedback as outlined in their introduction to the Committee.

·      Request officers consider how vintage vehicles used for private hire can be included in the policy.

·      For officers to look into how wheelchair accessibility vehicles will meet the ultra-low emissions policy to ensure the emissions policy does not reduce availability of wheelchair accessible vehicles.

·      Thanks to the officers for the hard work they have put into creating the draft policy.