Specifications for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles could become tougher as the Kirklees Council consults on an updated policy.
Kirklees residents are being invited to have their say on the proposed policy changes which include emissions criteria, required signage, installation of CCTV, window tint restrictions, and the vehicle upper age limits for different types of Hackney Carriages, including Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) and Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs).
Specifics of some of the new measures include using official door signs produced by the licensing service, all hackney carriage vehicles except for WAVs will cease to be licensed at 13 years old and any all-electric can remain licensed for 20 years subject to checks every 6 months after the 13 year old mark.
Licensed members of the trade, responsible bodies and local councillors are also being invited to respond to changes to the specifications policy before midnight on Wednesday, 22 November. Results will then be presented to the council’s Licensing Panel later in the year.
Kirklees Council has already introduced stricter measures for those in the taxi trade with the controversial Fitness and Suitability policy coming into force in July. This was condemned as “racist” and “draconian” during the consultation and sees drivers at risk of losing their licence should they accumulate seven or more penalty points on their licence.
Councillor Mussarat Pervaiz, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “As a local authority, we have a duty to keep our residents safe, these proposed changes are designed to enhance the safety regulations already in place.
“This consultation provides an opportunity for the residents of Kirklees and anyone who uses the services of Hackney Carriages or Private Hire Vehicles in the borough to have their say on the proposed changes to the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Specifications policy.”
More details on the consultation, the council’s current policy and the proposed changes to Kirklees Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Specification Policy can be found on the council’s Taxi Licences webpage: https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/licensing.aspx#taxi