Current licensing consultations

Common licensing standards for licensing hackney carriage and private hire drivers in Gloucestershire

The Department for Transport (DfT) published its Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards in July 2020 with a strong focus to protect all passengers and users of taxis and private hire transport services.

The statutory guidance makes it clear that the Government expects the recommendations contained within it to be implemented unless there is a compelling local reason not to.  Furthermore, it is noted that the statutory standards document sets out a framework of policies that, under section 177(4), licensing authorities “must have regard” to when exercising their licensing and safeguarding functions.

In light of the DfT statutory standards and requirements contained within it, the licensing authorities in Gloucestershire have collectively undertaken a review of their hackney carriage and private hire licensing policies.  The result of this combined effort is the subject of this consultation.  Working together, the licensing authorities in Gloucestershire have drafted proposed common licensing standards for the county based on the requirements in the statutory standards document.

The consultation will be open for 12 weeks from Tuesday 13 April 2021 to Tuesday 6 July 2021.

Cheltenham Borough Council fares for hackney carriage vehicles

Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Section 65 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 that Cheltenham Borough Council proposes to vary the table of fares for the hire of Hackney Carriages from 30 April 2021.

Rate 1: Flag £3.00, £0.20 every 155 yards

Rate 2: Flag £3.60, £0.25 every 155 yards

Rate 3: Flag £5.00, £0.35 every 155 yards

Waiting time

Rate 1 £0.30 for every 49 seconds waiting. Every full hour £22.03

Rate 2 £0.35 for every 49 seconds waiting. Every full hour £33.05

Rate 3 £0.50 for every 49 seconds waiting. Every full hour £36.72

Objections to the proposed variations, specifying the grounds on which they are made, must be sent in writing no later than 14 days following the date of this notice. A copy of this notice will be available for public inspection by appointment during normal office hours at the Council’s during the 14 day period referred to above. If no objections are made to the varied Table of Fares as aforesaid it shall come into operation on 30 April 2021.

Dated this 15 April 2021

Mike Redman, Director of Environment

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