2010 - Hackney Carriage Numbers
This consultation concerns the discretion this
Authority has to limit the number of Hackney Carriage Vehicles that
are licensed locally.
Between 2 August and 17 September the Council as Licensing
Authority for Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Services in the
Borough undertook a first phase of consultation on whether to
remove the previously long standing policy restricting the number
of Hackney Carriage Vehicles that will be licensed.
The outcomes of this first phase of
consultation can be accessed through the below links.
received via letter/email
received via the Online Form
The Authority is grateful for the comments
that have been submitted and appreciates the views submitted.
These have been considered and will be taken into account as this
This second phase of consultation commences on
4 October and concludes on 26 November 2010. The responses
received will then be published on 29 November with a view to final
recommendations being issued on 10 December 2010.
At present there are 70 Hackney Carriage
Vehicles in the Borough. These vehicles may use the
designated Hackney Carriage Ranks and the public may ‘flag’ them
down in the street. By comparison there are over 500 Private
Hire Vehicles. This second type of licensed vehicle must be
booked through a Private Hire Operator.
The primary statute concerning Hackney
Carriages is the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 (as amended).
In respect of the number of Hackney Carriages that are licensed the
relevant provision is Section 37 of the 1847 Act (amended by
Section 16 of the Transport Act 1985). This states that:
“… the grant of a hackney carriage licence
may be refused, for the purpose of limiting the number of hackney
carriages … if, but only if, the person authorised to grant
licences is satisfied that there is no significant demand for the
services of hackney carriages … which is unmet.”
The Authority has limited the number of
Hackney Carriages but has a policy of issuing up to 10 additional
licences each year. This Policy was suspended in December
2008 for a period of 12 months and no additional hackney carriage
licences have been granted since then following the banking
crisis. This has not precluded any individual applying for a
Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence. If such an application were
received it would need to be judged against the provision of
Section 37 of the 1847 Act.
It should be noted that no similar discretion
exists for Private Hire Vehicles. As such the market has no
similar entry restrictions and operates with new people seeking
licences and others leaving the business. The Office of Fair
Trading (OFT) undertook a study of the Hackney Carriage market in
2002 and the resulting recommendation was to remove the limit on
numbers of Hackney Carriages.
In this first phase of consultation, the
Authority is particularly interested in general comments on what
should be expected of those seeking licences as Private Hire
Drivers and Operators and Hackney Carriage Drivers.
Note that some of the information on this page may no longer be
an accurate reflection of the Authority's current position. For
current policies please