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23 January 2023 - Hackney carriage and private hire licensing fees

On 19 January 2023, North Yorkshire County Council agreed to consult on harmonising hackney carriage and private hire licensing fees ahead of the new council covering the whole of North Yorkshire from 1 April 2023. 

Currently, the existing seven borough and district councils in North Yorkshire set their own hackney carriage and private hire licensing fees. But ahead of the new council becoming the sole licensing authority, a single set of fees are due to be adopted, so that they are consistent across the whole county. 

To determine the proposed fees, consideration of the existing fees across the seven borough and district councils has been given and, as usual, aims to deliver a balanced budget (i.e. the service makes neither a profit or a loss). 

These fees will only apply for a new licence or renewing an existing licence after April 1 2023, when the new council launches. Drivers with an existing licence that is still valid will not need to renew until the expiry date shown. 

You can find the proposed table of fees and comparisons with existing here https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/hackney-carriage-and-private-hire-licensin...

Any objections to the proposed table of fees can be made by emailing taxiconsultation@northyorks.gov.uk or in writing to licensing manager, Harrogate Borough Council, Civic Centre, St Luke’s Mount, Harrogate, HG1 2AE. 

Objections must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 20 February 2023. 

Any objections will be considered before a decision is taken. If no objections are received or all are withdrawn, the new fees will apply from Saturday 1 April 2023. 
 

5 January 2023 - Final chance to share your views on the draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy – 

You have until Thursday 19 January 2023 to share your views on the draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy.

Ahead of the new council delivering all local services from 1 April 2023, a comprehensive review of the seven existing policies has been undertaken. And although they have several factors in common, there are differences in terms of applicant criteria, vehicle specification and procedures. 

The new policy seeks to ensure that the public continues to be provided with safe and accessible hackney carriages and private hire vehicles and ensure a consistent regulatory framework for the trade across the county.

All comments received will be fully considered by the executive with the aim of implementing the policy on the commencement of the new authority.

You can find out more, read the draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy and take part in the consultation at: www.northyorks.gov.uk/taxi-consultation. You’ve got until Thursday 19 January 2023 to share your views.
 

21 November - Improvement work letter– Selby Train Station

Last week work has commenced at Selby Train Station. Unfortunately, the letter Network Rail sent to the council did not reach the licensing or highway teams, therefore we were unable to notify you in advance.

What we know now is, Network Rail are completing work to improve the access for passengers at Selby Station. The work will provide a safer and more accessible way for pedestrians, and cyclists to cross the railway. The work will consist of the following:

•    Installing two new lifts to tie into the existing footbridge
•    Installing a temporary bridge structure
•    Bridge repair work to the current structure

The work will be completed between August 2022 until April 2023. The working hours will be:

•    Monday – Friday 08.00-18.00
•    There may be a requirement for mid-week works between 22.00-09.00 but Network Rail will keep this to an absolute minimum
•    Saturday, when required 08.00-13.00
•    Saturday nights, when required 22.00-09.00

The taxi rank should not be used for storage or obstructed. Should you find this to be the case, please report immediately to licensing@selby.gov.uk

28 October - Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy consultation now live

From 1 April 2023, North Yorkshire Council will replace the seven county, district and borough councils in North Yorkshire and deliver all the public services the local councils currently provides. All seven councils are already working together to make sure that the services business, customers, residents, stakeholders and visitors value, continue as usual.

The existing seven borough and district councils currently have their own hackney carriage and private hire licensing policies. But ahead of the new council delivering all local services from 1 April 2023, the county council have launched a consultation on a single Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy for North Yorkshire Council.

A comprehensive review of the seven existing policies has been undertaken and although they have several factors in common, there are differences in terms of applicant criteria, vehicle specification and procedures. The new policy seeks to ensure that the public continues to be provided with safe and accessible hackney carriages and private hire vehicles and ensure a consistent regulatory framework for the trade across the county.

You can find out more, read the draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy and take part in the consultation (open until 19 January 2023) at: www.northyorks.gov.uk/taxi-consultation.

11 October 2022 - Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy to cover North Yorkshire

From 1 April 2023, North Yorkshire Council will replace the seven county, district and borough councils in North Yorkshire and deliver all the public services the local councils currently provide. All seven councils are already working together to make sure that the services business, customers, residents, stakeholders and visitors value, continue as usual. 

The existing seven borough and district councils currently have their own hackney carriage and private hire licensing policies. But ahead of the new council delivering all local services from 1 April next year, the county council’s executive will next week (18 October) discuss plans to launch a consultation on a single Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy for North Yorkshire Council.

A comprehensive review of the seven existing policies has been undertaken and although they have several factors in common, there are differences in terms of applicant criteria, vehicle specification and procedures. The new policy seeks to ensure that the public continues to be provided with safe and accessible hackney carriages and private hire vehicles and ensure a consistent regulatory framework for the trade across the county.

If approved by the decision-making executive next week, the consultation on the draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy for North Yorkshire will run from Tuesday 25 October 2022 until Monday 16 January 2023.

All comments received will be fully considered by the executive in the new year with the aim of implementing the policy on the commencement of the new authority.

This page will be updated next week when we share the link to the consultation and ensure we can capture your views.

13 September 2022 - Selby District Council Section 65 - Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 Variation of the table of fares for hackney carriages

Further to the notice issued last Thursday (8 September), there has been an amendment due to a human error. The notice below reflects the correct document which is being consulted until 27 September 2022.

Any objections to the proposed variation of the table of fares can be made in writing to the address shown below. Objections must be received no later than Tuesday 27 September 2022, 5 PM.

If no objections are received or are received but later withdrawn, the new table of fares will apply with effect from Saturday 1 October 2022.

If objections are received and not withdrawn, these will be considered by the Council before a decision is taken in relation to varying the table of fares.

To object contact :Licensing  Manager, Selby District Council, Civic Centre, Doncaster Road, Selby, YO8 9FT or licensing@selby.gov.uk 

Date of publication: 13 September 2022

Hackney Carriage fare increase 2022 update

Click here for a letter dated 23 June regarding the Disabled Persons Act 2022 and the duties on drivers

Click here for letter dated 26 May 22, regarding a soft consultation on taxi fares

Click here for a letter 11 May 2022 regarding the new Safeguarding and Road Safety Bill 

Click here for information on the taxi licensing policy 2022 coming into effect on Friday 22nd April

Click here for the letter 3 March, asking your views on funding for hybrid or electric vehicle

Click here for the Taxi licensing policy consultation, statutory standards and general update - running between the 10 January - 21 February 2021

2nd December 2021

Updated guidance for transport operators, passengers and taxi and PHV specific guidance has been issued and is available using the following links below:

Click here for the letter about contingency face coverings 1 Dec 2021

Click here for the licensing update November 2021

Click here for information on changes to taxi and private hire licences from April 2022 in regard to HMRC checks 

Click here for the latest Government Guidance for Taxis and Private Hire Updated 19 July 2021

Click here to complete the consultation online regarding proposed changes to the Taxi licensing policy - Closes 6th September 2021

12th July Click here to see the consultation letter regarding proposed changes to the taxi licensing policy and DfT statutory standards for taxis and private hire vehicles

Click here for information on licensing a vehicle over 5 years of age but under 12 years of age until 15th April 2022

Click here for the latest Government Guidance for taxis and PHV's - date 29th March 2021

Click here for Selby Station Gateway TCF public consultation - closing date 24th March 2021

Click here for information on vehicle testing as of the 1st April 2021

Click here for the latest Government Guidance for Screens in Taxis

Grants for any business: Click here

Temporary Departure from Selby's Taxi Licensing Policy Medicals - Letter explaining Temporary Departure and Medical Form 

Letter to the taxi trade 25 September 2020

Click here to download the Government's Safe Transport for Operators Guidance

Kick the Habit Campaign 

Poster to  Wear Face Coverings in Taxis

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).

Click here to download the DFT's advice dated 13 May 2020

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 - licensing@selby.gov.uk.

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:

Fraud Warning - taxis asked to deliver meat

Find out about the deferred payment extension

Information about the Leeds Clean Air Charging Zones  - Requested to be delayed until January 2021 

Update for taxi drivers 23 March 2020, regarding vehicle renewals and testing of vehicles

Read here the Government's latest advice in regards to MOT tests due from the 30 March 2020.

If you are looking at purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle or applying for a certificate of conformance for a recently converted vehicle, please speak to the licensing team in the first instance for guidance.

Information on the prospective Leeds Clean air zone

Letter - Adoption of New Policy 23.01.2020

 

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.

Manchester Airport Free Drop Off Information

Hackney Carriage Fare increase 1 April 2019

Over the course of 2018 a number of new driving rules and laws are coming into force across the UK. Drivers are reminded to keep up to date with the latest legislation.

Letter of changes, dated 2nd November 2017

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.

Agenda and invitation to Forum Meeting May 19

Letter to Hackney Carriage drivers April 19

Christmas update - extension of Taxi licensing policy update and forum meetings 2019

Minutes from the Taxi Licensing Forum 5 December 2018

HC Fare Consultation

Consultation Letter between the period of 24 September 2018 - 8 October 2018

Letter to Hackney Carriage Drivers from PCS Leisure Ltd

Licensing update - July 2018

Letter to exising drivers - Mandatory Safeguarding course (April 18)

Letter to licence holders to read the Taxi Licensing Policy

Guidance for vehicles due MOT after 31.7.2020