Working group set up to focus on taxi licensing arrangements
Following feedback on the taxi fares in Salisbury, I requested a scrutiny review of the current schedule of late night tariffs for Hackney Carriages and Private Hire VehiclesCabinet member for adult social care, public health and public protection, Jerry Wickham
Wiltshire Council has agreed to set up a working group dedicated to ensuring taxi licensing arrangements are consistent and fair across the county.
The decision was made at Licensing Committee following a report presented by Environment Select Committee this week (11 March 2019). A designated working group will be set up to take a holistic view of taxi licensing arrangements operated by the council.
This work follows, and will take into account, previous recommendations from the late night taxi fares task group, which was set up in 2018. However, their recommendations won't be acted upon until the outcomes are known of an ongoing government consultation on statutory guidance for taxi and private hire vehicle authorities. The government consultation ends on 22 April. The work of the new working group means the council will be able to respond to and feed into this national consultation.
Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and public protection, Jerry Wickham said: "Following feedback on the taxi fares in Salisbury, I requested a scrutiny review of the current schedule of late night tariffs for Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles.
"Licensing Committee has seen the outcome of the recommendations in that report, along with an update on the national government consultation. I therefore welcome the committee undertaking a wider review that will enable the council to contribute to the consultation and implement outcomes that will help to protect our communities".
Chair of the Licensing Committee, Peter Hutton, said: "I am pleased to lead on the wider review to ensure that the licensing authority strikes a fair balance between the right to work for taxi drivers and the public's right to protection."