07/01/2019 - Permalink

Council proposes variation to Hackney carriage and private hire licence fees

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Shropshire Council is proposing to vary its fees in relation to the licensing of Hackney carriage proprietors and drivers and for private hire vehicles, operators and drivers.

The council is advising all those drivers and operators who may be affected by these changes to be aware of the proposals and to make any objections they may have within the next four weeks.

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Objections to the proposals must be received by midnight on 3 February 2019 and these must be submitted to the council in writing, either by post or by email. Click here for details of the consultation.

Frances Darling, Shropshire Council’s operations manager for trading standards and licensing within public health, said:

“The council has a legal duty to publish any proposed variation to these particular licence fees and to allow a minimum of 28 days for objections to be received. If no objections are received by the deadline, the fees will automatically take effect from 4 February 2019; however, if we do receive objections, these will be given full consideration by the Strategic Licensing Committee on 6 March 2019 before a final decision is made. In this event, the fees will take effect from 1 April 2019.”

Joyce Barrow, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, waste and regulatory services, added:

“The council can recover certain costs associated with delivering the licensing service for the Hackney carriage and private hire trades; consequently, the fees currently being proposed aim to do this in as fair a manner as is possible whilst continuing to comply with relevant legal requirements.”

Keith Roberts, Chair of the Strategic Licensing Committee, added:

“The council is currently proposing a number of new charges:some existing charges will increase, some will stay the same and one will decrease. It is about making sure that our costs are recovered as much as possible to enable the council to deliver a fit for purpose and resilient service to our customers. To help the Strategic Licensing Committee make an informed decision about the fees, I would encourage all those who may be affected by the changes to submit any objections they have as soon as possible and clearly to do so before the midnight deadline on 3 February 2019.”

Further information is available in the report that was considered by the Strategic Licensing Committee on 3 October 2018 and can be viewed here.