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To receive apologies for absence and notification of substitutes
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor S. A. Robinson, Councillor M. A. Sherrey with Councillor M. Thompson present as substitute and Councillor C. J. Spencer with Councillor S. A. Webb present as substitute.
Declarations of Interest
To invite Councillors to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Disclosable Interests they may have in items on the agenda, and to confirm the nature of those interests.
There were no declarations of interest.
The minutes of the Licensing Committee held on 21st September 2020 were submitted.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Licensing Committee held 21st September 2020, be approved as a correct record.
The Senior Practitioner (Licensing), Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS), presented a report on the Draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy – Approval to commence consultation.
Members were reminded that at the meeting held on 21st September 2020, the Committee received a report regarding the Statutory Standards and were asked to note that officers would now begin a review of all of the Council’s hackney carriage and private hire licensing policies.
Members were informed that a review of all of the Council’s hackney carriage and private hire licensing policies had now been undertaken in response to the publication by the Department for Transport of guidance under section 177 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 entitled “Statutory Taxi & Private Hire Standards.” This work had culminated in the production of a new draft hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy, which officers believe should now be consulted upon.
This review had now been undertaken and had led to the production of a new
draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy, as detailed at
Appendix 2 to the report.
Section 177 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 enabled the Secretary of State
to issue statutory guidance to taxi and private hire licensing authorities as to
how their licensing functions may be exercised so as to protect children and
vulnerable individuals who were 18 and over from harm.
The legislation was to a large extent prompted by the Jay and Casey reports
on child sexual abuse and exploitation (CSAE) in Rotherham. Both of these
reports highlighted examples of taxi / private hire vehicle drivers being directly
linked to children that were abused, including instances when children were
picked up from schools, children’s homes or from family homes and abused or
A public consultation on the draft statutory guidance ran between 12 February
2019 and 22 April 2019. Following lengthy consideration of the consultation
responses, the Department for Transport published guidance entitled Statutory
Taxi & Private Hire Standards (hereafter referred to as “the Standards”) on 21
July 2020, as detailed at Appendix 1 to the report.
The Standards contained a number of recommendations regarding matters
connected to taxi and private hire licensing functions which included:-
The Statutory Standards stated that:-
“Whilst the focus of the Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards is on protecting children and vulnerable adults, all passengers will benefit from the recommendations contained in it. There is consensus that common core minimum standards are required to regulate better the taxi and private hire vehicle sector, and the recommendations in this document are the result of detailed discussion with the trade, regulators and safety campaign groups.
The Department for Transport therefore expects these recommendations ... view the full minutes text for item 10/20
The Committee considered the Work Programme for 2020/21.
RESOLVED that the Licensing Committee Work Programme for 2020/2021, be noted.