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TAXI LICENSING: Rotherham Council calls for input on ‘out of town’ working, age limits and more

Rotherham Council has extended an invitation to the public, urging their participation in a consultation regarding proposed changes to the Hackney Carriage (taxi) and Private Hire Licensing Policy.

The council's initiative seeks to ensure that licensed drivers, vehicles, and operators operating within the region continue to uphold the highest standards.

The proposed changes to the policy concentrate on several key areas, aimed at addressing the evolving taxi industry landscape and enhancing the overall safety and quality of services provided. Among the focal points are "out of town" vehicles and the sub-contracting of fares to them, vehicle age and emissions, expanding the list of offences that disqualify drivers from the profession, vehicle testing, the driver application process, and vehicle signage.

The Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy, initially implemented by the council in 2015, has gained recognition as a benchmark for other local authorities. Through this consultation, Rotherham Council demonstrates its commitment to constantly adapting and refining the policy to maintain its stature as a leader in ensuring public well-being and quality transportation services.

Cllr Denise Lelliott, Cabinet member Jobs and the Local Economy, said: “Rotherham taxis and private hire cars are strongly regulated, but we’re always striving to improve vehicle and customer safety. For us to be able to do this, we need to listen to your views and make any necessary changes that will further strengthen taxi licensing for customers, drivers and operators.”

All responses to the consultation will be considered before the policy goes back to Cabinet for approval later this year.

Chair of the Licensing Board, Cllr Sue Ellis, said: “I’d encourage all residents to take a look at our proposed changes and let us have their thoughts on them. It’s only by working together that we can further improve and protect our communities.

“The Council is a beacon for good practice nationally and it’s essential that we continue to lead the way when it comes to taxi safety.”


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