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Taxi and Private Hire Standards Consultations

The Taxi & Private Hire Statutory Guidance Consultation

The Department for Transport (DfT) has issued Statutory Guidance under the provisions of The Policing and Crime Act 2017 to all local Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Authorities.

This DfT requires that Dudley and all other licensing authorities must have regard to the standards when carrying out their licensing functions.  A review of Licensing Services’ operation has been completed and on the 7th October 2020, the Council Taxi Committee approved a public consultation of the proposals to harmonise Licensing Services’ policies and procedures with the Department for Transport’s Statutory Taxi & Private Hire Vehicle Standards.

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council is engaging in a consultation with licensees and representatives. It's strongly recommended that all Hackney Carriage and Private Hire licence holders and interested persons read the Department for Transport (DfT) Statutory Guidance document and respond with relevant reasons why the Council should, or should not, adopt elements of the guidance or the guidance in its entirety.

The position is that if Dudley does not adopt these provisions then the Council must show clear consideration of all relevant matters and the reasoning why the Council did not adopt the National Guidance, as laid out by the DfT after their consultation with the industry as a whole.

The local consultation period begins on 1st November 2020 and you are invited to comment on the Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards by 1pm on 31st December 2020.

Please download the Department for Transport’s Statutory Taxi & Private Hire Vehicle Standards Consultation (Dudley).  

Once completed please email to: licensing.lds@dudley.gov.uk or

return via post to:  Dudley MBC Licensing, Unit 1 Hurst Business Park, Narrowboat Way, Dudley DY5 1UF

Any comments you make can include your name, any organisation or persons you may be responding on behalf of and your address. 

All comments received, including names and addresses unless specifically requested to be redacted, will be made public via council agendas and this website.

At the end of the consultation period, any comments received will be considered and policy document will be determined in January 2021.