noted that apologies had been received from Councillors Cuming, Mrs
Grigg, Mrs Hinder, B Mortimer, Newton and Mrs Robertson.
Notification of Substitute Members
The following Substitute
Members were noted:-
Councillor Mrs Wilson for
Councillor Mrs Robertson
Councillor Perry for Councillor
Councillor Blackmore for
There were no urgent
Notification of Visiting Members
were no Visiting Members.
Disclosures by Members and Officers
There were no disclosures by
Members and Officers.
Disclosures of Lobbying
It was noted that Councillors
Mrs Joy, Garten, McLoughlin, Naghi and Mrs Springett had been
lobbied on Agenda Item 13 – Hackney Carriage and Private Hire
Licensing: Licence Fees and Charges
That all items on the agenda be taken in public.
RESOLVED:That the minutes of the meeting held on 23 May 2017 be approved
as a correct record and signed.
Presentation of Petitions
There were no
Questions and answer session for members of the public
There were no questions from
members of the public.
Oral Update - Member Training
Head of Housing and Community Services advised the Committee that
the Council’s Constitution required Members and Substitutes
of Licensing Committee to attain a certain level of training agreed
However, the Officer advised that due to the fact that this had
been the first meeting of the year for Licensing Committee, it
would be more prudent to wait until after the Borough Elections
next May to conduct detailed training.
were advised that there would be a training session organised by an
external barrister on 30th January 2018 for both
Officers and Members.
Committee considered the report of the Head of Housing and
Community Services which related to Fees and Charges 2017/18 -Taxis
and Private Hire.
response to questions from Members, the Officer advised
·Hackney Carriage numbers were currently limited to
48 in the Maidstone Borough area. The
unmet demand survey conducted in 2015 recommended that
consideration be given to removing the cap on a number of hackney
vehicles in Maidstone and guidance suggested that there should not
be limits unless there was specific justification. A consultation with the trade would be carried out
shortly on this.
·The knowledge test fee had been separated out from
the driver’s licence figures.
·The fees and charges are calculated according to the
outlay of the Council and they are the best that can be
·There was no room for manoeuvre as the figures had
been based on the efficiencies of the services gained already.
·There had been higher charges on operators with
larger numbers of vehicles as suggested by the representation but
it had not been very helpful as in relation to enforcement larger
operators tended to take less time than operators who were
owner/drivers as they often failed to keep their own accurate
·In terms of drivers working outside the Borough,
there are implications but it was nothing that the Council could do
·In terms of the age and mileage restrictions on
licensed vehicles in the policy, this would be reviewed separately,
particularly in terms of alternative fuels and would be linked with
the Low Emissions Strategy. A report
could be brought to the March meeting.
·Some of the fees had reduced and this had been as a
efficiencies, such as some activities being carried out
1)That the proposed fees and charges and associated
costs for licences in respect of hackney carriage drivers and
vehicles and private hire drivers, vehicles and operators, as set
out in paragraph 2.14 of the report of the Head of Housing and
Community Services, be approved after consideration being given to
the written objection received on 19 September 2017 in response to
the 28 day consultation and to be effective from 5 December
2)That a report be produced by Officers to come to the
March meeting reviewing the Taxi Policy which would cover the age
and mileage restrictions and types of vehicles and alternative
fuels used and would link into the Low Emissions Strategy.
Voting: For: unanimous
Duration of Meeting
6.30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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