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Stroud District Council - Consultation on Common Standards for Taxi and Private Hire Licensing in Gloucestershire

Dates of consultation:

Tuesday 13th April 2021 to Tuesday 6th July 2021

THIS CONSULTATION IS NOW CLOSED

Consultation summary

A joint consultation by licensing authorities across Gloucestershire has been launched to consider common licensing standards for taxi and private hire services.

Currently there are six different taxi and private hire licensing policies with each licensing authority setting its own local standards. Having one ‘common standard’ would mean the same high licensing standards would apply anywhere in the county

The proposed common standards for Gloucestershire are based on the Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards issued by Department for Transport in 2020. They focus on safeguarding the public and relate mainly to driver, operator and vehicle licence holder suitability. The Department of Transport expects that Licensing authorities will review their own local policies and implement the recommendations in the statutory standards unless there is a compelling reason not to do so.

The statutory standards and proposed common standards for Gloucestershire do not cover vehicle criteria and conditions which will remain localised at this stage.

Cheltenham Borough Council is hosting a central consultation with countywide agencies and other bodies. Each local authority is undertaking consultation with its local taxi and private hire trade and local communities.

Stroud District Council is also proposing, as part of this review, to exempt electric vehicles from its current vehicle age policy. A further more detailed review of vehicle policies will take place after this current consultation has been completed and expected Government best practice for vehicles is released.

Stroud District Council's Director for Place, Brendan Cleere has said:

“Taxi and private hire businesses are an important part of public transport for our communities.  Stroud District Council welcomes working together with the other Gloucestershire licensing authorities to align standards for drivers and operators to ensure a consistent high standard and increase awareness so that everyone can be confident about safety when using taxi and private hire services. The draft Common Standards for Gloucestershire for consultation propose a range of robust measures to increase protection for both drivers and taxi and private hire passengers, particularly those most vulnerable.”

 

Consultation documents

How to make comments

Stroud District Council Licence holders and all  local persons, groups or organisations  should  email all comments to licensing@stroud.gov.uk by 6th July 2021

You may wish to make comment on/refer to any of the following:

  1. Any of the proposed changes listed in the comparison table
  2. Any part of the Common standards for Gloucestershire document
  3. The proposal to exempt all-electric vehicles from Stroud District Councils' vehicle age policy
  4. Any other comments about Stroud District Council's current taxi and policy that can inform further review and consultation

 

 

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