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Hackney carriage and private hire vehicles (taxis)

Hackney carriage and private hire vehicles (taxis)

Hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy

 

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Fees

DBS disclosure

  • £28.00 plus DBS Fee (£44.00) 

 

Drivers licences/badge 

First application

  • £217.00 (including £68.00 initial application fee)

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) check

  • £15.00

Renewal

  • £217.00 plus £15.00 DVLA check

Knowledge test / upgrade

  • £52.00 / £30.00 plus £15.00 DVLA check

Replacement badge card

  • £4.00 (subject to increases to match suppliers prices)

Replacement card holder

  • £4.00 (subject to increases to match suppliers prices)

Lanyard

  • £1.00 (subject to increases to match suppliers prices)

Badge holder - dashcard

  • £1.00 (subject to increases to match suppliers prices)

 

Proposed fees - Vehicles 

First application - Private hire

  • £155.00

First application - Hackney carriage

  • £155.00 (applications for hackney carriages are subject to a cap) plus £10.00 survey cost

Renewal - Private hire

  • £108.00

Renewal - Hackney Carriage

  • £108.00 (applications for hackney carriages are subject to a cap) plus £108 survey cost

First application - Executive hire

  • £70.00

Renewal - Executive hire

  • £63.00

Vehicle change

  • £40.00

Vehicle details change

  • £35.00

Replacement front plate

  • £9.00

Replacement rear plate

  •  £11.00

Transfer of licence

  • £14.00

Change of licensee details

  • £14.00

Duplicate licences

  • £1.00 

 

Proposed fees - Plate mounting kits, Pouches and ABO sign for vehicles

Flexi plate kit rear

  • £5.00 (subject to increases to match suppliers prices)

Flexi plate kit front

  • £3.00 (subject to increases to match suppliers prices)

Key and button set

  • £2.00 (subject to increases to match suppliers prices)

Yellow security key

  • £0.25 (subject to increases to match suppliers prices)

Full flat extension plate brackets front

  • £8.00 (subject to increases to match suppliers prices)

Double-sided high bond pad

  • £2.00 (subject to increases to match suppliers prices)

Two pouch for quarterlights

  • £2.00

Back rear bracket

  • £7.00 (subject to increases to match suppliers prices)

Back rear bracket kit

  • £2.00 (subject to increases to match suppliers prices)

Two quarterlight replacements

  • £2.00

Pouch for dashcard

  • £2.00 (subject to increases to match suppliers prices)

One dashcard replacement

  • £2.00 (subject to increases to match suppliers prices)

ABO sign (pair)

  • £5.00 (subject to increases to match suppliers prices)

 

Proposed fees - Operators 

Core fee (plus cost per vehicle)

  • £681.00

Cost per vehicle

  • £30.00

  

Private hire and hackney carriage testing fees

Vehicle test - new or renewal

  • £75.00 (inclusive of ministry and taxi test - VAT exempt)

Vehicle re-test

  • A flat-rate fee for vehicle re-tests of £10.00 - increasing by increents of £5.00 for each faulty item up to a maximum of £25.00.

Limousines vehicle test (testing station does not to MOTs)

  • £25.00 (not VAT exempt)

 

Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards

On  21 July 2020, the government published their Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle standards’ and required all local authorities to consider the various recommendations made therein and publish their response.

Comments

If you have any comments on these proposals please reply to the licensing team at licensing@chesterfield.gov.uk before 1 February 2021. Subject to any feedback received we are looking to implement the various measures from 1 April 2021, with the exception of the signage exemption which is with immediate effect.

A full copy of the standards document can be accessed here.

The council’s Appeals and Regulatory Committee considered a report on the standards document, and other matters, on Wednesday 25 November and resolved to implement the following amendments to the taxi and private hire licensing policy after a period of consultation.

The Standards Document
1) DBS – New requirements
a. Vehicle proprietor
A standard DBS is required from all vehicle proprietors, but a DBS is not required if the person in question is already a licensed driver with the council. The proprietor is normally the name on the vehicle licence and refers to the individual, limited company (together with its directors and secretary) or all members of a partnership.
A period of 6 months grace will be granted to give people time to comply.

b. Private hire dispatchers
Dispatchers at private hire operators must also obtain a standard DBS certificate and produce to their operator. The operator must certify to the council they have examined the certificate and are happy to continue employing the individual as a dispatcher. Again, a period of 6 months grace will be granted to comply.

2) Safeguarding training
All current drivers have received awareness training on safeguarding and new driers must do so before they are licensed, but we need to ensure that knowledge remains up to date. Licence holders will therefore be required to pass a simple test of their safeguarding knowledge before their licence can be renewed.

3) CCTV
The council will conduct a separate consultation on the mandating of CCTV in licensed vehicles.

4) Notify the council
Requirements to notify the council of accidents, investigations or convictions will be harmonised to be ‘without delay and in any case within 24 hours’.

Other policy amendments
5) DVSA now class ‘failing to stop after an accident’ as a major traffic offence, this will be reflected in the policy.
6) In keeping with other convictions, a time limit of 10 years will be placed on two major traffic offences before referral to committee.


If you have any questions or comments regarding the taxi trade in Chesterfield, you can contact the licensing department direct on 01246 345230 or email licensing@chesterfield.gov.uk.

Hackney Carriage Private Hire Licensing Policy April 2021 PDF (PDF 697 KB)
Hackney Carriage and private hire licensing policy - 2020 policy amendments PDF (PDF 1.02 MB)
Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy as amended December 2019 PDF (PDF 552 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). 

    You can see details of the Taxi Consultative Committee meetings here


Last updated on 19 May 2021