Herefordshire Council has agreed revised licence conditions for private hire and hackney carriage vehicles.
The revised conditions, which have been developed in consultation with members of the Taxi Association, were agreed by the council’s regulatory committee at their meeting on Tuesday, February 9 and were ratified at their following meeting on March 9.
A full review of the licence conditions originally took place in December 2004. In early September 2008 the Taxi Association contacted the council to seek a further review and submitted their recommendations. Various drafts have been worked on and these have now been ratified.
The conditions have been benchmarked against other local authority’s conditions and have taken into account the latest government taxi best practice document. They also take into account comments from the Taxi Association and entire trade. The conditions aim to fulfil the council’s main aim of protecting public safety.
Marc Willimont, Herefordshire Council’s regulatory service manager, said: “We have carried out a very thorough consultation process which included all members of the trade and I am pleased the committee has now finally decided to accept these decisions.
“These conditions are one of the main ways we, as a regulatory authority, can ensure the safety of the travelling public, by making sure that all the correct safety measures are in place. They also have the added advantage of protecting the trade against any unscrupulous operators who could then gain an unfair advantage by flouting safety rules.
“I would like to thank all the officers involved, the councillors on the regulatory committee and all members of the trade for taking such care in considering these new conditions which will help ensure the taxi trade in the county remains at the highest possible standard,” he added.
Garnet Cresswell, treasurer of the Herefordshire Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Taxi Association, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to work so closely with the licensing authority to agree on these revised conditions which ensure the safety of the public as well as protect the trade from unfair competition.”