Venue: Committee Room 3, Town Hall, Chesterfield, S40 1LP
Contact: Brian Offiler 01246 345229
Declaration of Members' and Officers' Interests relating to Items on the Agenda
No declarations of interest were received.
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor P Niblock, A Dickens, M Shaw, T Durham, S Oliver and S Tranter.
The Minutes of the meeting held on 10 July, 2019 were agreed as a true record.
Inspector McInulty submitted the reported crime figures for the period 1 July to 30 September, 2019 for the Chesterfield and the Bolsover and North East Derbyshire Policing sections, totalling 28 reports, which included:
18 – making off without payment
7 – damage to vehicle
1 – alleged robbery
1 – threat
1 – racial abuse (verbal)
Inspector McInulty referred to recent difficulties caused by taxis picking up at the Stephenson Place / Holywell Street junction and stated the police would work with drivers and operators to encourage a practical and sensible approach.
Hackney Carriage Unmet Demand Survey
Iain MacDonald, LVSA, invited to attend.
Iain MacDonald from LVSA Consultancy explained that he was undertaking the hackney carriage unmet demand survey for the Council and that this included consultation with the taxi trade, stakeholders and the public and camera surveys in order to determine if there was unmet demand for hackney carriages.
The initial stages of the survey had identified that many hackney carriages also worked on private hire and that the number of licensed private hire vehicles had increased since the previous survey in 2016.
The findings of the survey would be reported to the Appeals and Regulatory Committee in December for the Committee to determine whether to retain or increase or remove the existing limit on the number of licensed hackney carriages.
The Chair thanked Iain MacDonald for attending the meeting.
Derbyshire County Council Highways Issues
Further to Minute No. 7, details of the proposed traffic regulation order and a plan of the revised taxi rank arrangements on Knifesmithgate and Elder Way were distributed at the meeting. The order would be advertised the following day for consultation until 15 November.
Copy of Report to Appeals and Regulatory Committee on 23 October, 2019 attached.
Further to Minute No. 1, it was confirmed that Mrs Mandy Shaw had been nominated to represent hackney carriage licence holders on the Taxi Consultative Committee and that the revision to the Committee’s terms of reference to allow the appointment of nominated representatives supported by fewer than 10 licence holders had subsequently been approved by the Appeals and Regulatory Committee.
Further to Minute No. 8, the proposed amendments to the taxi licensing policy had been approved for consultation for a period of six weeks by the Appeals and Regulatory Committee. A copy of the report to the Appeals and Regulatory Committee had been distributed with the agenda. The details of the consultation would be advertised on the Council’s website.
Actions Taken by the Licensing Team since the Last Meeting
During the previous three months two applications for drivers’ licences had been refused by the Appeals and Regulatory Committee.
24 vehicles had failed the six-monthly vehicle test, although it had not been necessary to issue penalty points in any cases, but just three written warnings and two verbal warnings.
There had been a change of company checking DVLA licences for drivers, which had been notified to drivers, as they now needed to register to do this online. The licensing team could provide assistance if required.