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Have your say on Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy for Swale

Published Monday 14 March, 2022
Last updated on Monday 14 March, 2022

People can now have their say on Swale Borough Council’s new Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy.

The policy is for licensed operators, vehicle proprietors and drivers and outlines what is needed to legally carry passengers. It is reviewed every five years, and once finalised, the proposed changes would be in place until 2027.

Proposed changes include:

  • Euro 6 petrol and diesel vehicles licenced until 2030
  • A new tax check to ensure all operators are registered with HMRC
  • Maintaining an acceptable number of wheelchair accessible vehicles
  • Raised safety standards to protect public safety.

Cllr Richard Palmer, cabinet member for community at the council, said:

“When reviewing our Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy this year, clean air and public safety were top of the list.

“We announced a climate emergency in 2019 and set ambitious target to create a net-zero carbon borough by 2030, so we’re proposing that Euro 6 petrol and diesel vehicles only be licenced until 2030 to go hand in hand with nationwide Government changes that will prevent the sale of any new vehicles that aren’t electric beyond 2030.

“New legislation preventing operators from obtaining a license without registering with HMRC was also bought in last year and we’ll be incorporating that into the new policy.

“We’ll also be including improved safety standards to protect public safety and ensuring we have a suitable number of accessible vehicles available throughout the borough.

“The new policy is available for public consultation for eight weeks and we encourage anyone with an interest to take a look at the proposed changes and have their say.”

The consultation runs until Friday, 27 May and responses will be discussed at a General Licensing Committee meeting in the summer.

To view the draft policy and make a comment visit www.swale.gov.uk/dtp.