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.
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.
Taxi licensing annual report
For your information the annual report is now available
The latest newsletter (August 2019) and latest forum (July 2019) notes are now available below under forum notes and news updates.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 forum date for November 2019 has not been set yet but will be in the fourth quarter.