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Consultation on licence conditions for Hackney Carriage and private hire drivers, operators and vehicle proprietors

Solihull Council has launched a consultation on the licence conditions for Hackney Carriage and private hire drivers, operators and vehicle proprietors. This follows a new licensing policy being agreed for Hackney Carriage and private hire trades, which comes into force on 1 April 2020.

The latest consultation is seeking views on proposed licence conditions, which is needed to ensure the new licensing policy is implemented effectively. It will give licence holders, industry representatives and members of the public the chance to comment on this important matter.

People have until 17 March to share their views and it is proposed the new conditions will come into force in early April in line with the new policy.

The conditions which people are asked to comment on relate to four areas:

Private hire driver – These conditions are for anyone who wishes to drive a private hire vehicle (mini-cab).  Jobs are allocated to them through a private hire operator and all three licences (driver, vehicle and operator) must be issued by the same licensing authority.  Drivers are required to wear an identity badge with the licence number and their photograph on it.

Private hire vehicle – This is indicated by a licence plate displayed on the back of the vehicle and is required by anyone working as a private hire driver.  The vehicle must be insured for private hire use and bookings must be made in advance through a licensed operator otherwise the insurance is invalidated.

Private hire operator – This is the company that is licensed to take bookings from customers for a private hire journey, either by telephone, a website or app.  They dispatch jobs to the private hire drivers in their licensed vehicles.

Hackney Carriage vehicle – In Solihull, these are the London-style cabs or purpose built taxis.  All Hackney Carriages in Solihull are wheelchair accessible, and can pick up either from a designated rank, or can be flagged down in the street.  Some can also take advance bookings via a radio system or app.

To take part in the consultation visit https://www.solihull.gov.uk/About-the-Council/Consultations/currentconsultations

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