Information on matters concerning hackney carriages and private hire vehicles - such as changes in procedures, consultations, fees and policies. A PDF file will appear for each new monthly update.
December taxi newsletter
There will be no change to hackney fares in 2019/20. Following a survey, with only 13 of 140 hackney drivers expressing a view, the matter was discussed by the Regulatory Committee on 13 November 2018. There was no demand for any change in fares either from the public or the trade. You can read the committee report https://www.runnymede.gov.uk/article/15317/Regulatory-Committee-Agendas-2018.
Licensing fees for drivers, vehicles and operators
The fees for the year 2019/2020 were approved on 13 November 2018, legislation states we must advertise the vehicle and operator fees and this advert was placed in the Surrey Advertiser dated 23 November 2018, please see the statutory fee notice-.
Any objections must be submitted by 23:59hrs on 21 December 2018.
You can read the committee report https://www.runnymede.gov.uk/article/15317/Regulatory-Committee-Agendas-2018.
For the year 2019/20 there will be a decrease in driver's renewal fees. There is no change to the other fees.
The decrease in drivers renewal fees is due to the fact that the process for carrying out right-to-work checks on all driver renewals will be complete in 2019. This cost of carrying out the right-to-work checks was £18 so this has been removed from the fee-setting calculations. The cost of a three-year renewal will be £388, down from £406.
Safeguarding adults and child exploitation training instructions
This training is now available online. Drivers who have provided an email address have been sent instructions as below.
New HC/PH bays in Addlestone
Under the Equality Act 2010, licensed drivers of taxis and private hire vehicles are under a duty to carry passengers with guide, hearing and other assistance dogs without additional charge. Drivers can apply for to the Council for a certificate exempting them from carrying assistance dogs on medical grounds. Runnymede will take any refusal to carry assistance dogs very seriously.
To highlight the issues those with assistance dogs face we have please read the Guide Dog Association web page which gives the full story.
The Guide Dogs Association has produced a video to help drivers understand the needs of people with assistance dogs, please make yourself aware of these very useful tips.
The law regarding seatbelts can be confusing and there are some exemptions for taxis and private hire vehicles, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) produces a useful guide to this.
These are held three times per year alternating between Chertsey and Egham. Their purpose is to enable better communication between the licensing officers and the trade by having a two way flow of information and ideas. Your attendance is very welcome. All forums are held on Wednesdays, they start at 11am and end at 12.15pm.
The forum dates for 2019 have not been set yet but will be in March, July and November.
Egham Hythe - The Hythe Centre - March 2019
Chertsey - Chertsey Halls - July 2019
Egham Hythe - The Hythe Centre - Nov 2019
The last forum was on 7 November 2018. The notes from this can be found below.