Decision details

Review of Taxi Licensing Policy and associated conditions

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


A review of the taxi licensing policy and associated conditions to ensure that it remains fit for purpose and aligns with the proposals for Bath's Clean Air Plan.


RESOLVED (unanimously) that the Cabinet agreed to:


1)  Note the responses to the public consultation and the officer recommendations;

2)  Adopt the revised hackney carriage and private hire policy following endorsement by the Licensing Committee;

3)  Adopt Section 165-167 of the Equality Act 2010 following endorsement by the Licensing Committee;

4)  Note the amended private hire driver conditions and hackney carriage driver byelaws following amendments proposed by the Licensing Committee;

5)  Note the remaining conditions adopted by the Licensing Committee at the meeting on 17 October 2018.


Reasons for the decision:

The previous policy and conditions adopted by the Council have been updated to align with the proposals on air quality, the need to ensure that all drivers have an awareness of how to respond to concerns about Child Sexual Exploitation and the need to ensure that new applicants are able to effectively communicate with passengers in the interests of public safety.  Following the Equality Act 2010 (Commencement No. 12) Order 2017, it is also recommended that the Council adopts these provisions in the interests of transparency and fairness to both licence holders and wheelchair users.

Alternative options considered:


Report author: Cathryn Brown

Publication date: 18/12/2018

Date of decision: 18/12/2018

Decided at meeting: 18/12/2018 - Cabinet

Effective from: 28/12/2018

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