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Items
No. Item

47.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor R Kingstone.  Councillor R Ford attended the meeting as Councillor Kingstone’s substitute.

48.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 125 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous Infrastructure Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee held on 29th January 2018 were approved and signed as a correct record.

 

(Moved by Councillor Dr S Peaple and seconded by Councillor J Faulkner)

 

49.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of Members’ interests (personal and/or personal and prejudicial) in any matters which are to be considered at this meeting.

 

When Members are declaring a personal interest or personal and prejudicial interest in respect of which they have dispensation, they should specify the nature of such interest.  Members should leave the room if they have a personal and prejudicial interest in respect of which they do not have a dispensation. 

 

 

Minutes:

There  were no Declarations of Interest

 

50.

Taxi Licensing Policy - Taxi Licensing Points Scheme pdf icon PDF 77 KB

(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Communities and Partnerships)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Scrutiny Committee considered the report of the Portfolio Holder for Communities and Partnerships on the proposed amendments to the Taxi Licensing Conditions that introduced a Taxi Licensing Points system for drivers and operators that breach conditions and included guidance on appropriate dress, and included recommendations to Cabinet

 

Councillor R Bilcliff joined the meeting.

 

The Chair introduced the Head of Environmental Health, the Senior Environmental Health Officer and the Environmental Health Officer to the meeting.

 

The Head of Environmental Health updated the Committee on the aims of the Policy, in terms of delivering an improved service to the public through promoting higher standards of driver behaviour and through improved confidence in the delivery of the taxi licensing service.  The Chair explained the review and consultation process which the Policy had been through, including consideration at two Licensing Committees and the consultation with the taxi trade. 

 

The Committee considered the Equality Impact Assessment and requested further clarification on items 22 and 22 of Appendix E to the Report.

 

The Committee considered the various scenarios presented by the Environmental Health team which could lead to a taxi driver receiving points under the proposed system and to being required to attend a Licensing Committee meeting.  It was reported that a taxi driver who had received points under this Policy, would have the option to appeal to the Licensing Committee.

 

The Committee further considered the proposed dress code and the objective that this code had which was to improve the members’ of the public experience when utilising taxis licensed in Tamworth. 

 

The Committee considered that the work undertaken by the Environmental Health team, in consultation with the taxi trade, had delivered a good report which delivered on the objectives to improve standards and to reduce low level breaches of taxi conditions. 

 

The Committee congratulated the Officers involved and also the members of the Licensing Committee on the development of the Policy.

 

RESOLVED

That the Committee;

 

Endorsed the proposed amendments to the Taxi Licensing Conditions at Appendix A and recommended them to Cabinet, with clarification to be made to points 20 and 22 of Appendix E to the Report.

 

Review the Policy 12 months following implementation of the same, and that accordingly the Committee’s Work Plan be updated.

 

 

(Moved by Councillor S Goodall and seconded by Councillor R Bilcliff)