Hackney carriage and private hire vehicles (taxis)
Hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy
We are currently consulting on some proposed changes to our policy, find out more below.
The current policy has been in place since April 2018 when it was revised by the Appeals and Regulatory Committee to take account of suggestions from trade representatives on the Taxi Consultative Committee.
A copy of the policy is available to view below.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the taxi trade in Chesterfield, you can contact the licensing department direct on 01246 345 230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy as amended April 2019||(pdf 578 KB)|
|Private hire and hackney carriage fees and charges 2019-2020||(pdf 91 KB)|
Taxi Consultative Committee (TCC).
The TCC meets 4 times a year to discuss matters of concern, enforcement, licensing policy and procedures etc. with local representatives of the taxi trade about matters affecting taxi licensing or the taxi trade.
The TCC acts as a representative body for the whole hackney carriage and private hire trade, ensuring consultation with all licence holders to enable the council to make fully informed decisions.
Membership of the TCC consists of 3 elected borough councillors, 3 hackney carriage licence holders (drivers or owners) and 3 private hire vehicle licence holders (drivers, owners or operators).
Two of the six places allocated to members of the trade should, if applications are made, be filled by trade members who represent minority ethnic members of the trade (one from each of the hackney carriage and private hire sectors).
The following amendments to the hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy are currently being considered by the council, subject to a period of consultation.
- Period of disqualification prior to application.
Paragraph 4.2 of the policy is concerned with the consideration of convictions, including DVLA penalty points, and currently requires a 6 month period to have elapsed following any period of disqualification. The proposal is to remove periods of disqualification of 6 months and less from this provision.
Officers would retain the right to refer any driver or applicant to the committee if they thought the case justified it.
A period of disqualification in excess of 6 months would still require a 6 month period to elapse before the licence could be granted.
- Signage on vehicles
Paragraph 2.11 of the policy makes a number of requirements on signage for licensed vehicles, one of which is that vehicles must display a self-adhesive sign on their front doors containing at least the name and telephone number of the individual or company operating the vehicle.
An operator has approached the council asking for some leeway on this requirement for larger vehicles where placing the signs on the front doors looks inappropriate.
An amendment to policy is proposed that enables officers to permit the side signs being placed elsewhere than on the front two doors of larger vehicles where this may look inappropriate.
- A separate operator has requested a change with regard to advertising on windows, also prohibited under paragraph 2.11.
The exemption requested is to allow advertising on the rear window of vehicles, something already allowed by NEDDC/Bolsover which may place our vehicles at a disadvantage.
Any advertising on the rear window would have to comply with DVLA visibility rules.
If you have any comments regarding these proposals please contact the licensing department on email@example.com before the end of business on Friday 6 December 2019.