Taxi and private hire news and information

Information on matters concerning hackney carriages and private hire vehicles - such as changes in procedures, consultations, fees and policies. A PDF file will appear at the bottom of the page for each new update.

Latest news

The latest newsletter (October 2019) is now available below under news updates.


Next Forum Date

The next forum is on Thursday 14 November 2019 at The Hythe Centre, Pooley Green Road, Egham. Times are 11am to 12:15pm.

ALL DRIVERS AND OPERATORS ARE WELCOME.


Runnymede Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Consultation  October to December 2019

Runnymede's policy on hackney carriage and private hire licensing was approved by the Regulatory Committee with effect 2 April 2017.

The policy is intended to secure public safety and ensure that the trade and public are aware of the Councils licensing conditions and requirements for hackney carriages, private hire vehicles and private hire operators.

The policy is reviewed every 3 years and this review is now taking place with the intention to introduce a new revised policy with effect 2 March 2020.

Runnymede Borough Council are now carrying out a consultation to review the proposed changes and policy as a whole. The consultation is open to all.

The consultation will take place between Tuesday 1 October 2019 and Tuesday 10 December 2019. If your response is not submitted before midnight on 10 December 2019 we may not take it into consideration.

A summary of the amendments or new conditions and requirements is shown in the consultation survey below. Please answer the consultation questions on page 3 to 6, indicating your preference by placing a cross next to your response i.e. X

Icon for worddocuments consultation survey [72.97KB]

All responses will be considered as part of the review and in preparation of the final draft which will be presented to the Regulatory Committee on 15 January 2020.

The revised draft policy can be seen on our website or if you prefer a paper copy you can see these at any of the public libraries in Runnymede or the Civic Centre.

Related Policy and reports -

Draft Runnymede Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy for Consultation

Icon for pdf Draft Runnymede Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy for Consultation [3.06MB]

Current hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy https://www.runnymede.gov.uk/media/19022/Hackney-carriage-and-Private-Hire-Licensing-Policy/pdf/Hackney_Carriage_and_Private_Hire_Policy_2017_to_2020_version_4_as_from_2003191.pdf?m=637018975666770000

Regulatory Committee report agenda 24 Sept 2019 - background to revised policy https://www.runnymede.gov.uk/media/21152/Regulatory-240919-Agenda/pdf/Regulatory_240919_Agenda.pdf?m=637042472048730000

The consultation is to allow comment on any part of the policy not just the changes. You will see on this consultation paper an area marked 'comments on any other part of the draft policy''.

Any comments you make should clearly state your name and the organisation of any person you are responding on behalf of.

Following consultation we will publish the results, these will be anonymous unless you are responding on behalf of an organisation.


Taxi licensing annual report

For your information the annual report is now available

https://www.runnymede.gov.uk/media/20671/Regulatory-250619-Agenda/pdf/Regulatory_250619_Agenda.pdf?m=636964442588130000


The Air Quality (Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles Database) (England and Wales) Regulations 2019

From October 2019 we will be required to provide information about all hackney carriages and private hire vehicles licensed by Runnymede to the above database. The information given will be, registration mark, the date from which the licence has effect, the date on which the licence is due to expire, whether the vehicle is a taxi or a private hire vehicle and such other information the licensing authority holds in relation to the vehicle that may be relevant for the purposes of ensuring the accurate identification of vehicles, having had regard to any guidance issued by the Secretary of State. The guidance for authorities contains fuller details about the database and the need for it, please see the link below for more information.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/air-quality-taxis-and-private-hire-vehicles-phvs-database-guidance


Updates and proposals re taxi and PH V legislation

A number of important developments concerning taxi and PH V licensing have taken place, all of these be of interest to you, briefly these are:

Government response to task-and-finish group - some interesting proposals on the future of the trade here.

An update on Ubers plying for hire appeal - this states Uber vehicles are not plying for hire using the Uber app.

For full details on all the above please see Icon for pdf Taxi newsletter February 2019 [186.36KB].


Assistance dogs

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.

Transport for London have produced a very useful guide on the different type of assistance dog, please see the link to view the poster.

http://content.tfl.gov.uk/new-assistance-dogs-ad.pdf


Seatbelts

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) and DVLA produce a useful guides to this.

Seat belt law

https://www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules/when-a-child-can-travel-without-a-car-seat


Forums

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 forums for this year have been held at the Hythe Centre, Egham on Wednesday 6 March and Chertsey Halls, Chertsey on Thursday 11 July. Our thanks to those drivers and operators who attended. Forum notes have been placed below for your information.

The next forum is on Thursday 14 November 2019 at The Hythe Centre, Pooley Green Road, Egham. Times are 11am to 12:15pm.

Previous forum notes

Icon for pdf Forum notes 11 July 2019 [74.69KB]

Icon for pdf Forum notes 6 March 2019 [50.44KB]

Icon for pdf Taxi forum notes 7 November 2018 [77.1KB]

Icon for pdf Taxi forum notes 11 July 2018 [71.57KB]

Icon for pdf Taxi and private hire forum notes 14 March 2018 [135.48KB]

Icon for pdf Forum notes November 2017 [133.63KB]

Icon for pdf Forum notes 20 June 2017 [131.12KB]

Icon for pdf Forum notes 14 Feb 2017 [145.49KB]

Icon for pdf Forum notes November 2016 [149.76KB]

Icon for pdf Forum notes July 2016 [164.78KB]

Icon for pdf Forum notes 18 February 2016 [190.29KB]

Icon for pdf Forum notes 10 November 2015 [33.25KB]

Icon for pdf Forum notes 8 July 2015 [140.88KB]

Icon for pdf Forum notes 24 February 2015 [184.68KB]

Icon for pdf Forum notes 5 November 2014 [99.7KB]

Icon for pdf Forum Notes July 2014 [81.81KB]

Icon for pdf Forum notes March 2014 [102.57KB]

Icon for pdf Forum notes October 2013 [89.77KB]


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