Taxi and Private Hire Car Licensing: Best Practice for Licensing Authorities, Second Edition, April 2012

Guidance for local licensing auhtorities on the licensing of taxis and private hire cars and their drivers.


3.1. A successful licensing regime is appropriately and adequately enforced. Well-directed enforcement activity by licensing authorities benefits not only the public but also the responsible people in the taxi and private hire car trade. The resources devoted by licensing authorities to enforcement will vary according to local circumstances and frequent liaison between licensing authorities and the police in the shape of information/intelligence sharing will help authorities gauge the level and type of enforcement activity required. As enforcement activity is part of the licensing regime, it is recoverable through fees charged for licenses. It is therefore within the interests of the trade for them to be involved in any information gathering on enforcement needs in their area. We are aware that some authorities have successfully carried out joint operations with the police for example targeting known problem spots where instances of breaches of licensing have been reported.

3.2. Some local licensing authorities use enforcement staff to check a range of licensed activities (such as market traders) as well as the taxi and private hire car trades, to make the best use of staff resources. A visible enforcement presence will prove a useful deterrent against breaches of licence, for example illegally plying for trade and operation of unlicensed vehicles or drivers. It is recommended as best practice that enforcement activity is at least partly directed to the late-night period, when such breaches tend most often to arise.


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