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Awards-Accreditation Scheme

The Council, as Licensing Authority for Private Hire and Hackney Carriage services in the Borough, aims to encourage high levels of service, safety and standards throughout the Trade. 

 

We are seeking views as to whether an awards/accreditation scheme could be introduced based on an assessment of the service provided as well as compliance with licensing and legal requirements.  This assessment could, for example, consider the number of drivers who had passed the BTEC, NVQ/VRQ Road Passenger Vehicle qualification. Businesses which meet the accreditation standard would achieve a certificate which could be used by the business to demonstrate that they had attained a high standard in service delivery.

 

The Licensed Private Hire Car Association already operates such a grading scheme where businesses are assessed by them +and awarded 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars.  Depending on the number of vehicles being operated, joining fees for the LPHCA scheme start at £300 per year for up to 20 vehicles.  You can find further information about the LPHCA at http://www.lphca.co.uk/.  If an awards/accreditation scheme were to be introduced in Bedford Borough, the cost of operating it would need to be met through submission of fees from those seeking to be accredited, sponsorship etc.

 

The timetable for this consultation is set out below:

 

27 July 2012 Consultees provided with details of proposal and requested to provide comments
19 October 2012 Deadline for responses from consultees
24 October 2012 Circulation to Borough Councillors of comments received
1 November 2012 General Licensing Committee considers proposals and determines the matter

 

 

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