Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee
Tuesday, 11th July, 2017 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre. View directions

Contact: Jo Maskell 

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received by Councillors Nick Churchill and Bill Pryor.


Declarations of Interest

Councillors’ declarations of interest (if any) in relation to any matters on the agenda.




Minutes pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To agree the Minutes of the meeting held on 21 March 2017.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 21 March 2017 are agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


Matters Arising




Written Questions and Petitions


Petition - Licensed Private Hire Vehicles' Use of Roof Signs pdf icon PDF 30 KB

A petition has been received opposing the use of roof signs on Harlow Council licensed hire vehicles as, in the petitioners’ opinion, they take on the appearance of Hackney Carriage taxis which is contrary to law in the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.


They request that the Council imposes licensing conditions that proscribe their use.


Additional documents:


A petition was presented which requested that the use of roof signs on private hire vehicles was prohibited.


RESOLVED that the matter would be considered as part of Item 7 on the agenda, Licensed Vehicle Standards.


Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 21 KB


The Committee received its Work Plan for the remainder of the municipal year.




a)    The Work Plan was noted;


b)    A report on Pitch Fees was added to the Work Plan;


c)    A report on how licences were determined for drivers convicted of assault charges be allocated to the September meeting of the Committee; and


d)    A report on alternative arrangements for Child Sexual Exploitation Training (CSE) be allocated to the September meeting of the Committee.


Licensed Vehicle Standards pdf icon PDF 27 KB

Additional documents:


The Committee considered a report which sought a recommendation that aspects of the Licensed Vehicles Standards (attached as Appendix 3 to the report) were amended.


The Committee considered amendments to the following sections of the Licensed Vehicle Standards: Roof Signs, Inspection Intervals, Door Panels, Emissions, Reporting Damage and Accidents, Insurance Write Offs; and Tinted Windows.


The Committee agreed to consider amendments to each section above separately, with further amendments considered as a whole.


RESOLVED that the Committee recommended to Full Council that:


A     The following amendments were made to the Licensed Vehicle Standards:


                             i)        Roof Signs


The use of roof signs and lights on private hire vehicles would be prohibited.


                            ii)        Inspection Intervals (Private Hire Vehicles)


Inspections would be annual for vehicles which had completed fewer than 100,000 miles and every six months if the vehicle had completed more than 100,000 miles.


                           iii)        Inspection Intervals (Hackney Carriage Vehicles)


Inspections would be annual for vehicles which were less than six years old and every six months for vehicles older than six years old.


                           iv)        Emissions (Private Hire Vehicles)


Vehicles which were not Euro 4 compliant would not be relicensed after 22 November 2019.


                            v)        Emissions (Hackney Carriage Vehicles)


Vehicles which were not Euro 4 compliant would not be relicensed after 1 January 2021.


                           vi)        Reporting Damage and Accidents


It would be specified the Licensing Team should be notified and the wording “whether or not” would be added.


                         vii)        Tinted Windows


Any newly licensed vehicle’s rear windows must have a light transmittance of at least 50 percent after 1 August 2017.


B    All other amendments in Appendix 3 to the report be approved.


Street Trading pdf icon PDF 20 KB


The Committee received a report which proposed revisions to the Street Trading conditions which would extend the number of days a group of street traders could be issued for.




A     The Licensing Committee recommended to Full Council that the licence conditions applied to small groups of street traders are amended to allow the issue of group licenses for single consecutive periods of not more than five days except during December when a single licence may be issued for a period of not more than 14 days.


B    Street Trading Licensing Conditions would be added to the Committee’s Work Plan.



Licensing Sub-Committee Decisions 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 18 KB

Additional documents:


The Committee received the Licensing Sub-Committee’s annual report summarising its decisions for the 2016/17 municipal year.


RESOLVED that the report was noted.


References from Other Committees

Any references arising from meetings held after the publication of this agenda will be circulated separately.




Matters of Urgent Business

Such other business which, in the opinion of the Chairman, should be considered as a matter of urgency by reason of special circumstances to be specified in the minutes.