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Meeting of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee held on 09/10/2007
Summary of Requirements



ANNEXE 1

WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL
LICENSING AND REGULATORY COMMITTEE - 9TH OCTOBER 2007

TAXI / PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLE POLICY - SUMMARY OF REQUIREMENTS - July 2007
New and clarified matters are shown in bold type.
1. A full application form (annually) with payment of the licence fee
2. Provide evidence of ownership (registration document, or invoice if new)
3. Current MOT certificate (after one year for taxis, after three years for private hire vehicles)
4. Appropriate and continuing ‘Hire and Reward’ type insurance for the vehicle
5. The vehicle must pass the Council’s vehicle inspection test
6. The vehicle shall carry a first aid kit and a dry powder fire extinguisher (minimum 1 KG with pressure gauge to ensure that it is not empty) - this shall be indelibly identified to the licence plate of the vehicle
7. Hackney carriage plates shall be white and displayed on the rear exterior of the vehicle
8. Private Hire vehicle plates shall be red (edged) and displayed on the rear exterior of the vehicle
9. All licensed vehicles must display the internal licence (window) sticker
10. Licensed vehicles shall have not less than four passenger doors
11. Convertible vehicles shall not be licensed, but those with not in excess of 50% sunroof area are permitted
12. The minimum engine capacity shall be 1575 cc
13. Seating Capacity determined by Road Traffic Regulations and further defined by the seatbelt provision
14. The Licensing Officer is authorised to refuse to include in the licence permission for rear-facing or flip-down seats, unless provided in a purpose-built taxi. Any dispute on this matter may be brought to the appropriate Licensing Committee for decision.
15. The Licensing Officer is authorised to refuse to licence the full seating capacity of any ‘people carrier’ type vehicle, or similar, having particular regard to seats in the centre/rear of a vehicle where obstruction of an exit may occur, but that any dispute on this matter may be brought to the appropriate Licensing Committee for decision
16. The TAXI roof sign must be displayed on the roof (taxis only)
17. A meter must be fitted, tested and illuminated - taxis only
18. Vehicle Age Policy - see also Annexe 4: the (outgoing) 10 year maximum age policy for vehicles will continue only for those vehicles already licensed as at 31st August 2007. Any replacement vehicle or licence transferred to another vehicle must meet the revised policy as follows: As from 1st September 2007, there will be a new maximum age policy of 8 years for licensing vehicles, and no new application may be accepted for a vehicle to be licensed, unless it can meet this policy requirement and be licensed for at least one year. As from 1st September 2009, there will be a new maximum age policy of 7 years for licensing vehicles, and no new application may be accepted for a vehicle to be licensed. Exception will be permitted only for purpose built or disabled accessible vehicles which may continue to be licensed up to 10 years old
19. Mechanical Inspections - Licences are annual, and with effect from 1st March 2008, when a vehicle reaches five (5) years old, it shall be required to undergo an interim vehicle test 6 months after renewal; and the fee for this will be the same as the existing transfer fee. Vehicles in this age bracket will be issued with six-month duration plates and licences.
20. Licensed vehicles must be fitted with a spare wheel. This may be the manufacturer’s emergency ‘get you home’ spare wheel, but if this is used, the proprietor shall not undertake any further hirings until the main/full tyre is repaired and replaced on the vehicle. In all other cases, the full spare wheel shall be provided. Appropriate wheel changing tools shall be provided in the vehicle.
21. No taxi or private hire vehicle may be dual-licensed (i.e. it shall not be accepted for licence by Waverley if it is licensed by any other licensing authority).
22. Mechanical inspections shall be carried out in accordance with the Council’s contracted agreement (currently with the Guildford Borough Council at its depot in Slyfield, Guildford)
23. Private Hire vehicles shall be of a suitable type, shall not appear in any way to be identifiable as a hackney carriage, size and design, safe and comfortable
24. Private hire vehicles may carry no signs, illuminated or otherwise, unless approved by the Council (see the conditions to the private hire vehicle licence)
25. A meter need not be fitted in a private hire vehicle, but if a meter is fitted, it must be tested with the private hire operator’s scale of charges, which must be supplied to the licensing authority
26. The Council may charge reasonable fees to cover the issue of licences and require the production of the licence and any other documents at any reasonable time.
27. The Licensing Officer is authorised to refuse applications to license any left-hand-drive vehicles, and any dispute may be brought to the appropriate Licensing Committee in the first instance (as further appeal to the Courts may be applicable)
28. There shall be no additional tint (darkening) of windows beyond the legal limit of light transmission of 75% for front and side front windows, and 70% for all other windows, or the manufacturer’s specification, whichever is the lesser.
29. Should an application be made to license a stretch limousine of less than 9 passenger seats and right hand drive, this will be referred to the appropriate Licensing Committee in the first instance, prior to arranging any other aspect of the licence, such as the vehicle test.
30. Applications for non-saloon type vehicles will be refused, the exception being for purpose-built (London-Cab style) vehicles. N B: A further report to the Licensing Committee is awaited on the suitability of 4x4 vehicles such as Range Rover, Pioneer, and similar high base vehicles. Pending this, no vehicles of this type will be licensed. Applicants are in any case asked to refer to the Licensing Enforcement Officer before committing to purchase any vehicle for licensing purposes; this is to ensure that no unnecessary outlay is made on a car which may not be suitable for licensing as a taxi or private hire vehicle.
31. Vehicles run on Liquid Petroleum Gas or dual fuel are subject to special conditions and may be licensed on request, subject to approval.

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