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Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors Karen Ashley, Joanne Beecham and Aled Evans.
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Mr P. Bladon attended the Licensing Committee meeting, to speak in objection to the variation of Table of Fares for Hackney Carriages, under the Council’s public speaking rules. Mr Bladon had raised an objection to the use of imperial units being shown on the table of table of fares and had stated that he strongly believed that the tariffs, as detailed on Appendix 1 to the report, should only be given in metric units.
The Chair took the opportunity to thank Mr Bladon for his detailed speech.
The Principal Officer (Licensing), Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS), explained that the Council had responsibility under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, for setting the maximum fares that could be charged by hackney carriage vehicles licensed to operate within the district.
The Council had responsibility under the Local Government (Miscellaneous
Provisions) Act 1976, for setting the maximum fares that could be charged by
hackney carriage vehicles licensed to operate within the district.
Hackney Carriage (“Taxi”) fares were made up of an initial hiring charge and a
“mileage” rate, both of which were expressed in terms of distance and / or
time per unit cost. This was because when a hired taxi was stationary or
moving slowly in traffic the meter continued charging, but by time, instead of
The table of fares applied only to hackney carriage vehicles. Private hire
operators were free to agree their hiring charges in advance with their
customers, normally at the time of booking the journey.
Members were reminded that at the Licensing Committee held on 21st March
2022, the Committee approved the advertisement of a proposed variation to
the existing table of fares for hackney carriages, as detailed at Appendix 1 to
the public. The individual concerned had objected on the basis that they
believed that the Council’s table of fares should only display metric units
(metres and kilometres).
Members were asked to note that the objector had not raised any objection in
respect of the variations being proposed to the maximum cost of journeys
undertaken in hackney carriages, only to the table of fares, which had
included reference to imperial units of measurement (yards and miles). A
copy of the objection was attached at Appendix 2 to the report.
Members were further informed that the proposed varied table of fares
showed distances expressed in both metric (metres) and imperial units of
measurement (yards and miles). This was also true of the current table of
fares that had been approved for implementation by the Licensing Committee
in November 2018.
Officers believed that the current format of the table of fares was compliant
with current legislation and was clear and understandable for passengers and
licence holders. It was also believed to be consistent with the vast majority of
fare tables that were published by other local authorities across England and
Members were being asked to consider the objection received to the proposed table of fares and to resolve to bring the revised table of fares, as detailed at Appendix to the report, into force (with or without modifications) on 7th May 2022.
The Chair thanked the Officer for his detailed report.
In response to Councillor M. Chalk, the Council’s Legal Advisor stated that the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, detailed ways in which Local Authorities (LA) dealt with taxi fares and that it was within the gift of each LA as to how they detailed ... view the full minutes text for item 26.