Taxi/private hire stop checks and fees

By on 11/10/2011 in Factsheets

Stop Checks

Conducting stop and check inspections on private hire and hackney carriage vehicles plays an important role in ensuring the safety of tens of thousands of members of the public who hire a cab or taxi each week is protected.

Every year the Council aims to stop and check around 1650 vehicles.  The results of an enforcement exercise last Friday (7th october) were typical of such exercises and emphasise the importance of this operation. Of 47 vehicles stopped:  

  • 17 (37%) were fully compliant with safety/licence standards
  • 21 (45%) made temporary changes on site and were issued with a legal notice requiring them to present their cars the next working day with fuller repairs made - (for example replacing spare tyre)
  • 5 (11%) failed - had their licences revoked on the spot removed

Stop and check inspections take no more than 15 minutes provided a vehicle/driver meets the required standards.

Only when safety standards are not met will an inspection take longer, as officers can not allow a vehicle to return to work until it has been made safe.

For example faulty bulbs or bald tyres replaced with legal spares, or drivers proving they are licensed and have passed criminal record and medical requirements.

To release a vehicle to carry the public which is legally unfit for the road or driven by a driver without the required paperwork, would pose an unacceptable risk to public safety.

As well as random stop and checks, enforcement officers and police will also stop vehicles which look defective to the naked eye. For this reason it is important all drivers ensure their vehicles not only meet the standards internally but also are kept in a good condition externally.

 Where a vehicle is stopped while carrying a passenger enforcement officers and/or the police will explain why the vehicle has been stopped to that passenger, and will be on hand to deal with any issues that arise or reaction from the passenger about being stopped.

In the main feedback from passengers is usually positive and supportive of the work we are conducting to keep them safe,

Enforcement officers aim to conduct stop checks on around 1650 vehicles per year

Fees

 Licensing fees have either gone up by below the rate of inflation or been frozen in each of the years from 2006 - 2011. 

Fees did rise by 8% for 2011/12 (however this is the equivalent of just £7 per licence - which is fraction of the overall running costs of a driver/vehicle.)

 The overall cost for both a drivers and vehicle licence is still just £190 per year - the equivalent of just £3.65 per week.

ENDS

For more information please contact Simon Houltbyon 0121  303 3503

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