Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Committee - Thursday, 15th July, 2021 6.30 pm

Venue: Function Room, South Holland Centre, Market Place, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 1SS

Contact: Democratic Services  01775 764454

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interest

Where a Councillor has a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest the Councillor must declare the interest to the meeting and leave the room without participating in any discussion or making a statement on the item, except where a Councillor is permitted to remain ad a result of a grant of dispensation.

Minutes:

There were none

 

2.

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To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 10 December 2020 (copy enclosed).

 

 

Minutes:

That the minutes be signed as a correct record.

 

3.

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To consider taxi licensing proposals following consultation on the Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards (report of Head of Public Protection enclosed)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Head of Public Protection which set out the Taxi Licensing Proposals following consultation on the Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards.

 

New standards had been issued by the Department of Transport in July 2020, which set out common core minimum standards that all Licensing authorities should implement. The Committee had previously considered the new standards at a meeting held on 10 December 2020, where it had been agreed that a consultation exercise be carried out.

 

As part of the consultation, all drivers, operators and vehicle proprietors had been contacted electronically or in writing and a notice had been published in both the local press and on the Council website. The Head of Public Protection confirmed that no feedback had been received during the consultation period.

 

The following points were raised regarding specific paragraphs within the Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards:

 

  • Regional Councillor Liaison Group (paragraph 3.13)
    • Officers confirmed that discussions would take place with authorities within Lincolnshire and neighbouring authorities to look at the scope and benefits of this group being set up.
  • DBS Update Service (paragraphs 4.5 to 4.6)
    • Discussion took place as to how long current drivers would have to sign up to the update service.
    • It was agreed that an amendment be made to the Taxi Licensing Policy to require all drivers to renew their DBS annually and to agree to adopt the national standard to mandate drivers to sign up to the DBS Update Service.
  • Licensee Self-Reporting (paragraphs 4.12 to 4.13)
    • Members agreed an immediate amendment to the Taxi Licensing Policy to change the timescale for licensee self-reporting from 7 days to 48 hours.
    • Members wanted to ensure that this change in policy was communicated effectively to drivers and operators.
  • Referrals to the Disclosure Barring Service and the Police (paragraphs 4.14 to 4.16)
    • Members agreed to amend the Taxi Licensing Policy to adopt this standard.
  • Complaints against Licensees (Paragraph 4.31)
    • Members questioned whether the design of the notices needed to be considered for different types of vehicles.
    • Officers confirmed that this would be taken into consideration.
    • Members agreed to adopt this standard and as a result, amend the Taxi Licensing Policy.
  • Criminal Convictions & Rehabilitation Assessment of Previous Convictions (Paragraphs 5.15 to 5.17)
    • Members agreed to adopt the National Standard. This would be written into the Taxi Licensing Policy with immediate effect
  • Language Proficiency (Paragraphs 6.14 to 6.15)
    • Members agreed to adopt this standard in principle, but officers would prepare a number of options detailing how this standard would be adhered to practically. These options would be presented to the Committee at a later date.
    • Members suggested that drivers who struggled with the Proficiency test could be signposted to Boston College for support.
  • Criminality Checks for Vehicle Proprietors (Paragraphs 7.2 to 7.6)
    • The Head of Public Protection advised that most vehicle proprietors were already DBS checked.
    • Members agreed to adopt the standard with immediate effect.
  • In Vehicle Visual and Audio Recording CCTV (Paragraphs 7.7 to 7.13)  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent.

 

 

NOTE:            No other business is permitted unless by reason of special circumstances, which shall be specified in the minutes, the Chairman is of the opinion that the item(s) should be considered as a matter of urgency. 

Minutes:

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