News updates of changes within the taxi/private hire trade. This page will include press releases and details of consultations, rank closures and details of meetings as required.
People looking to get to the races in style this year are being urged to make sure the vehicle they hire is licensed correctly.
While stretch limousines are popular, there is a growing trend of people looking to book luxury cars such as Mercedes, Rolls Royce's, and Porsches to get them to the event in style.
Operators of all private hire vehicles including limousines and luxury cars, must abide by the correct licensing rules and standards and with Ladies Day at Beverley Racecourse on the horizon, Licensing officers at East Riding of Yorkshire Council want people to remember the day for the right reason.
Operating any private hire vehicle without the correct licence is a criminal offence, rogue operators facing a maximum fine of £1000 while operating or driving without the required licence may also invalidate any insurance.
Licensing Officers will again be at the racecourse on Ladies Day carrying out spot checks on vehicles but are urging people who book luxury cars or limousines to check they are properly licensed before confirming the booking.
Last year on Ladies Day licensing officer found one luxury car company operating with an unlicensed driver and four rickshaws operating illegally.
Councillor Shaun Horton, Portfolio holder for community involvement and local partnerships at East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: ''Ladies Day at Beverley Racecourse is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the local racing season and those attending want to arrive in style''
''Our message is don't swap style for safety when you book limousines or luxury vehicles and make sure the event is memorable for the right reasons''
'' I would like to stress that most operators conduct their business in a safe fashion and the number of rogue traders is very small but people should be alert to businesses offering huge reductions in costs and are working for cash only''
''All licensed drivers should be happy to produce their badge, licence or plate number if requested to do so''
Anyone who would like more information should contact firstname.lastname@example.org check if a vehicle, driver or operator is licensed.
Anyone who has any concerns about unlicensed taxis should email the council’s licensing team at email@example.com
If you are a licensed private hire operator or a hackney carriage proprietor then why not apply to be eligible to tender for passenger services contracts on behalf of ERYC. Please see the below leaflet for further information on how to register:
Applying to be registered for contracts leaflet (pdf 113kb, opens in new window)