Changes to taxi li­cens­ing pol­icy

Accrington Observer - - YOUR VIEWS -

A HOST of changes will be made to the coun­cil’s hack­ney car­riage and pri­vate hire li­cens­ing pol­icy af­ter a con­sul­ta­tion with the trade.

How­ever, a de­ci­sion over whether to re­quire manda­tory CCTV in ve­hi­cles has been de­layed for fur­ther ‘le­gal is­sues’ to be con­sid­ered.

Pol­icy changes agreed at a re­cent cab­i­net meet­ing in­clude: re­mov­ing the re­quire­ment for li­censed ve­hi­cles to meet the Euro 5 emis­sion stan­dard by Septem­ber 2017; lift­ing the ban on LPG ve­hi­cles; re­vis­ing liv­ery and sig­nage con­di­tions; and re­quir­ing the coun­cil to update their con­vic­tions pol­icy.

Coun Gareth Mo­lineux, cab­i­net mem­ber for re­sources, told the meet­ing: “We have lis­tened very care­fully to the con­cerns raised by the trade and bal­anced this against our obli­ga­tion to en­sure the safety of the trav­el­ling pub­lic.

“We have com­pro­mised where we can to try and limit the im­pact on the trade. Over­all this is the best pol­icy that we could bring at this time. We are still con­sid­er­ing where to re­quire CCTV in our taxis and I hope to bring a fur­ther re­port to cab­i­net by Christ­mas. There are a couple of le­gal is­sues we need to get right.”

The coun­cil is mak­ing changes to its pol­icy on li­cens­ing taxis

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