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.

DBS checks

Please be aware of the policy change on DBS checks, as from 2 March 2020 it is a mandatory requirement to register for the DBS update service.

Icon for pdf DBS APPLICATION GUIDANCE [251.72KB]


Taxi Forum

The latest forum was held on Thursday 14 November 2019 at The Hythe Centre, thank you to all 6 drivers/operators who attended, your views were very constructive. The next forum will be held on 17 March 2020 at Chertsey Halls.

ALL DRIVERS AND OPERATORS ARE WELCOME.

Icon for pdf Taxi forum notes 14 November 2019 [81.44KB]


Latest news

The latest newsletter (January 2020) is now available below under news updates.


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 PHV legislation

A number of important developments concerning taxi and PHV 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 Taxi forum notes 14 November 2019 [81.44KB]

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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