Guidance in Respect of Passengers Wearing Face Coverings in Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles
With effect from 23 September 2020, Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles have been classed as 'public transport' for the purposes of the Health Protection (Coronavirous, Wearing of Face Coverings on Public Transport) (England) Reglulations 2020.
This now means that all passengers aged 11 or over must wear a face covering in a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Vehicle (unless the passenger has a 'reasonsable excuse' not to do so).
To reduce face to face contact in light of the Government’s latest update on Covid19, we are taking the following steps:
Please submit licensing applications electronically for the foreseeable future and ensure that they are submitted well in advance of the renewal date. Six weeks before the expiry of the licence is acceptable. Payments can still be made by calling us on 01757 705101.
Applications can be scanned or photographed (please make sure that they are readable). If you need advice or have a query about an application or licence please email us - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do not visit the Civic Centre unannounced, as it is closed to the public and we cannot guarantee that there will be anybody available to see you.
Please make sure we have an up to date email address to contact you on and keep checking the Covid-19 pages on this website for the latest updates.
The Licensing Team will do all that they can to help you and your business through the next few months and recommend that you email us if you have any concerns at all. However, the onus is on you to ensure that any licence you have remains active and valid, following this advice.
The following links may be of use:
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Department for Transport March 2020 advice:
Taxis and private hire vehicles can continue to work. But the advice is absolutely clear - people should stay at home if possible. The public should avoid travel unless absolutely essential.
Clearly if absolutely necessary to travel by taxi or private hire vehicle, best efforts should be used to follow the guidance as far as is practically possible, including washing your hands as soon as you get home.
Critical Worker Status
Taxi and private hire drivers should not generally be considered Critical Workers. Those undertaking Home to School transport or the transport of ‘extremely vulnerable’ people may be considered critical workers on a case-by-case basis. Critical workers should also whenever possible make suitable arrangements for their children to stay at home; requests for children to attend school should be discussed with the school.
The Air Quality (Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles Database) (England and Wales) Regulations 2019
From October 2019 the Council will be required under the above Regulations to provide information to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) about all hackney carriages and private hire vehicles licensed by Selby District Council to the above database. The information given will be, registration marks of vehicles, date from which licences have effect, date on which licences are due to expire, whether vehicles are taxis or a private hire vehicles and such other information we hold for the purposes of ensuring the accurate identification of vehicles (pursuant to the Air Quality (Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles Database) (England and Wales) Regulations 2019), to enable Defra to create a database to support the operation of charging clean air zones by local authorities or other air quality plans. The guidance for authorities contains fuller details about the database and the need for it, please see this link for more information.
Over the course of 2018 a number of new driving rules and laws are coming into force across the UK. Drivers are remindered to keep up to date with the latest legislation.
Since November 2017 all new applicants are required to pass a Knowledge and Safeguarding course in York. All details about this course can be viewed on the 'Drivers' page and will be discussed during your interview with the licensing team. As well as this all new applicants will need to sign up to the DBS update service.