If you live and work in West Lancashire, the Borough Council wants to hear your views on important proposed changes to the way the Council licences taxis and drivers operating in the area.
The Council licences taxis and drivers throughout the Borough as a means to safeguard the travelling public and to support the licensed trade. A key document which helps the Council achieve these aims is its Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy.
New national safeguarding guidance means that this policy needs updating and the Council wants to hear your views on the proposed changes. It has started a public consultation which will run until 14 March 2019. All comments received will be presented to the Council's Licensing and Appeals Committee for consideration.
Councillor Kevin Wright, portfolio holder for Health and Community Safety said: “This is a very important policy for the Council and we would welcome the views of anyone living and working in West Lancashire as well as the licensed trade. The Council would particularly like to hear from people who use taxis regularly so that we can ensure our policy meets the needs of local people.”
Important amendments include a new definition relating to drivers, vehicle proprietors and Private Hire Operators which set out what the Council considers to be a 'fit and proper person' in each case.
Proposed changes for licensed drivers also include:
Proposed changes for licensed vehicles are:
To read the draft policy which has more details and to find out how you can give your views, please visit www.westlancs.gov.uk/yourviews and click on consultations underway.
Comments can be made by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: West Lancashire Borough Council, Licensing Service, Robert Hodge Centre, Stanley Way, Skelmersdale, WN8 8EE.
Local taxi companies and drivers have been contacted directly to get their views.