Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee - Friday, 16th November, 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX. View directions

Contact: James Harris  Deputy Democratic Services Team Leader

Items
No. Item

6.

Apologies for Absence

To receive and record any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors G Hill, M Johnson, J Matthews, B Mouland and R Saunders.

7.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive any announcements that the Chairman may wish to make.

Minutes:

There were no Chairman’s Announcements.

8.

Declarations of Interest

To receive and record any declarations of interest from members
present in respect of any of the various matters on the agenda for this
meeting.

Minutes:

There were no Declarations of Interest.

9.

Confirmation of Minutes

The minutes of the Licensing Committee held on 11 September 2018.

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting held on 11 September 2018 were agreed and signed as a correct record.

10.

Hackney Carriage Fare Review pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Environmental Health Manager introduced the report and explained that under Section 65 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, district councils may fix the rates of fares within the district for time or distance and all other charges regarding the hire of hackney carriages.  The EHDC Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy Statement stated that the table of fares should be reviewed annually, and the committee was reminded that the table of fares had not been amended since 2011 apart from the addition of a booking fee in 2015.  A revised copy of Appendix D containing the proposed fare structure was circulated to the committee.

 

This review had been instigated following a request by the local taxi association to vary the table of fares and consultation had been carried out with all Hackney Carriage proprietors.

 

In response to questions, the committee was advised that there had been a good response rate from the trade to the consultation and that the percentage increase figures relating to the cost of motoring detailed in the report had been calculated on the same base figure, rather than being cumulative year on year.

 

In light of the suggestions made by some members of the trade, the committee debated the merits of a minimum £5 fare.  Whilst this would benefit those in the trade who had to wait a long time for fares, concern was raised about the cost to those less mobile who had no option but to use a taxi for a short journeys.  The Environmental Health Manager agreed to investigate different tariff structures and consult on the matter with the trade during the next review.  She also agreed to look into the procedure with who was consulted and consider consulting with drivers rather than just the proprietors.

 

Cllr Phillips proposed that the revised table of fares be recommended to Council for approval and this proposal was duly seconded by Cllr Ashcroft.

 

The committee voted unanimously in favour of the proposal.

 

It was therefore Recommended to Council that the table of fares be varied as per the revised Appendix D to the report, attached as Appendix 1 to these minutes.