Agenda and minutes
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Declarations of Interest
Members will be asked to make any declarations of interest in respect of items on this agenda.
No declarations of interest were made.
To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 13 July 2023.
The Committee agreed the minutes of the meeting held on 13 July 2023 as a correct record.
Chair's Urgent Business
To receive reports on business which, in the opinion of the Chair, should be brought forward for urgent consideration.
There were no items of Chair’s Urgent Business.
The Committee will be provided with the results of the judgement on appeal cases that went to Court.
There were no appeal case outcomes to report, but there was an appeal case that the legal officer would provide an update on, later in the agenda.
Number of Certificates of Good Conduct Exemptions Granted
The Committee will be provided with the Number of Certificates of Good Conduct Exemptions Granted.
There were no Certificates of Good Conduct Exemptions to report.
For Members of the Committee to consider the review of the ‘Taxi Table’ of Fares (taxi tariff) and to determine whether to accept the proposal detailed in the following report and send the proposal out to consultation as set out in the prescribed process under Section 23 of the Plymouth City Council Act 1975.
Graham Hooper (Senior Officer, Intelligence and Licensing) introduced the report and highlighted the following points:
The report laid out the statutory procedure and timeline for a
change to taxi tariffs;
The consultation would commence on Wednesday 16 August 2023 and
would end of 31 August 2023;
If objections were received they would be heard at the Taxi
Licensing Committee meeting on 7 September 2023 and either the
existing tariff would be retained, or the proposed, or further
amended, tariff would commencing no more than 4 weeks after the
The Taxi Licensing Committee resolved on 13 January 2022 that the
officers review the tariff on an annual basis and furthermore the
Secretary of the Plymouth Licensed Taxi Association submitted an
email proposing a small increase in the tariff to reflect increase
in the cost of living;
The increase would be in line with the Consumer Price Index
With consideration of the increase in the cost of living and
inflation it was proposed to apply an average uplift across the 3
tariff structure of 10% and to facilitate this, the mileage
distance rate would be changed to the following:
Tariff 1, which could be considered the daytime rate was currently
set at 1/7 of a mile, which would change to 1/8 of a
Tariff 2, which could be considered the night time rate was
currently set at 1/8 of a mile and would change to 1/9 of a
Tariff 3, which could be considered the Christmas rate, and was
always set as double tariff 1, would change to 1/8 of a
Appendix 4 showed how the proposed changes to mileage rates would
affect the costs for representative journeys of 1 to 10 miles and
that an average of 9-10% uplift was applied;
There were no proposed changes to the tariff structure or any of
the extra charges;
Officers had considered the need to keep late night fares fair for
both the drivers and the general public so it could remain
affordable whilst high enough to encourage drivers to work at
Officers had considered that the proposed uplift would assist taxi
drivers licensed through the Council to face the significant cost
of living rises and support them in making a viable living,
therefore reducing the number of drivers leaving the trade for
better remunerated work and encouraging consideration of investment
in newer environmentally-friendly vehicles.
The following comments were made in response to the report and in response to questions:
Wanted to acknowledge the hard work of officers and the important
contributions from the taxi trade, and the importance of
An increase based on inflation was preferable to a sudden, larger
increase in following years;
m) If approved the new tariffs would be implemented from late September/early October.
The Committee agreed to:
Approve the proposed tariff set out in Appendix 3;
2. Resolve to authorise the advertising and public consultation ... view the full minutes text for item 44.
To consider passing a resolution under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972 to exclude the press and the public from the meeting for the following items of business, on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information, as defined in paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, as amended by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
The Committee agreed to pass a resolution under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, to exclude the press and the public from the meeting for the following items of business, on the grounds that they involved the likely disclosure of exempt information, as defined in paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, as amended by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Application for the grant of a Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence
The Committee agreed to grant the application for the grant of a private hire vehicle driver licence.
Appeal against revocation of a Hackney Carriage Driver Licence
The Committee agreed to continue with the appeal.
Any Other Business
The Committee returned to a Part 1 meeting following the conclusion of sensitive business.
Graham Hooper (Senior Officer in Intelligence and Licensing) informed the Committee that Mark Small (Former Enforcement Officer) had left the Council after more than 20 years’ service.
The Committee expressed their thanks for Mark’s work and many years’ service and wished him all the best for the future.