Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee
Tuesday, 21st November, 2017 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre. View directions

Contact: Jo Maskell 

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Declarations of Interest

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


Councillors Ian Beckett, Karen Clempner, Mike Garnett, Lanie Shears, Edna Stevens and John Strachan all declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 5(a) (Petition: Licensed Vehicle Standards – Tinted Windows) as they were party to the original Committee decision on 11 July 2017.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 120 KB

To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 12 September 2017.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 12 September 2017 are agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


Matters Arising




Written Questions and Petitions

(a)          Petition: Licenced Vehicle Standards – Tinted Windows


A petition containing 91 signatures has been received from the Private Hire Drivers Association opposing the amendment to the Licensed Vehicle Standards regarding tinted windows in private hire vehicles.


Petition: Licensed Vehicle Standards - Tinted Windows


The Committee received a petition containing 91 signatures, which was presented by a representative of the Private Hire Drivers Association, objecting to the amended Licensed Vehicle Standards regarding tinted windows (as agreed at the Council meeting on 13 July 2017).


In light of the issues raised by the Private Hire Drivers Association, the Committee acknowledged that the requirement for any newly licensed vehicle’s rear windows to have a light transmittance of at least 50% merited further investigation and review.


It was agreed that the review should be undertaken urgently and the results reported back to the next meeting of this Committee. 


RESOLVED that a report on a review of the recently amended Licensed Vehicle Standards regarding tinted windows be submitted to the January meeting of this Committee.


Written Questions




Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 164 KB


The Committee received its work plan for the remainder of the current municipal year.


            RESOLVED that


(a)       the work plan is noted;


(b)          the unallocated item ‘Street Trading Licensing Conditions’ be allocated to the March meeting of this Committee.


Designation of Licensed Vehicles under the Equality Act 2010 pdf icon PDF 227 KB

Additional documents:


The Committee received a report on guidance received from the Department of Transport, proposing that local authorities should compile a list of vehicles which would be specified as wheelchair accessible (to be known as ‘designated vehicles’). 


Whilst this was not mandatory, the Committee agreed that such a list would give information which passengers in wheelchairs would find very helpful.


In order for vehicles to be included in their list, each local authority would need to decide on the accessibility requirements which designated vehicles would need to meet.  The guidance suggested that these vehicles should be able to accommodate a ‘reference wheelchair’ standard, as defined by the Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations 2000. 


            RESOLVED that


(a)          it is Recommended to Full Council that the powers in the Equality Act 2010 to designate licensed vehicles which are capable of carrying a passenger when seated in a reference wheelchair, be approved;


(b)          the Licensing Team be requested to explore with stakeholders, the issues surrounding the provision of vehicles in the licensed fleet which are specifically adapted to carry as wide a range of wheelchairs as is practicable; and a report be submitted to a future meeting of the Committee. 


Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Fees and Charges Proposals pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Additional documents:


Following the annual review and in advance of the Council’s budget setting process, the Committee received a report proposing revised Hackney Carriage and private hire licence fees.


No representations had been received during the consultation period for the proposals.


RECOMMENDED TO FULL COUNCIL that, as part of the Council’s annual budget setting process, the proposed revised Hackney Carriage and private hire licensing fee structure, as set out in Appendix 1 of the report, be adopted with effect from 1 April 2018. 


References from Other Committees

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




Matters of Urgent Business

To deal with any matters of an urgent nature.