Distributive policy

Hackney Transport and Private Hire License Policy Consultation

The seven existing borough and district councils currently have their own cab licensing and private hire policies. But before the new council provides all local services from April 1, a consultation has been launched on a single Hackney private hire and transport license policy for North Yorkshire Council.

A comprehensive review of the seven existing policies has been undertaken and although they have several factors in common, there are differences in terms of application criteria, vehicle specifications and procedures. The new policy aims to ensure that the public continues to have safe and accessible cabs and private hire vehicles, and to ensure a consistent regulatory framework for commerce across the county.

In accordance with Ministry of Transportation Best Practices Guide, it is proposed that the new council operate a carriage ‘zone’ for North Yorkshire. Giving drivers the ability to operate across the county, encouraging environmental efficiency and creating a wider distribution of wheelchair accessible vehicles.

There are no plans to impose restrictions on the quantity of cabs when creating a new single zone. Hackney fares and transport charges will also be reviewed at a later date.

This 12-week consultation, open until January 19, allows licensees, taxi operators, the general public or anyone with an interest in taxis to share their views and help shape the policy that will serve the North Yorkshire Council.

For more information or to request the draft policy in an alternate format, please email: [email protected]

Read Hackney’s Draft Transport and Private Hire License Policy. (pdf / 1 MB)

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