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.
The proposed licence fees for all taxi applications and associated functions, from April 2018 are now published. Any comments need to be in writing by the 31 December 2017:
Public notice taxi licence fees April 2018 (word 48kb, opens in new window)
East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Licensing Team are putting plans in place to keep customers and drivers safe and urging festive party-goers to make sure they plan ahead and only use legitimate and licensed taxis.
The Licensing Team are warning people to keep safe as they head out to celebrate over Christmas and to be wary of bogus taxi drivers.
‘Get home safe tonight’ stickers will be prominently displayed in all licensed vehicles to help remind the public. Safety posters and stickers will also be displayed in a range of premises from public houses to restaurant, takeaways, colleges, theaters and public spaces.
During the festive season, the Licensing Team receive increased reports of bogus vehicles claiming to be real taxi services. With potentially hundreds of Christmas parties taking place, anyone who travels by taxi should ensure they are getting into a licensed taxi or private hire car before making their journey. Where possible, book vehicles in advance and do not be tempted by people advertising taxi services on social media sites, such as Facebook, as they are unlikely to be unlicensed.
The Licensing Team has issued the following important information and advice for people using taxis or private hire vehicles:
We are aware of a number of 'rumblings'' and 'misrepresentations' since the decision of the magistrates was made on Tuesday to revoke the private hire operators licence for Wendys Wheels in Bridlington and the drivers licence.
The decision was made following a long and detailed 2-day hearing which was fair to all parties, both sides were represented by experienced solicitors and Magistrates are there to make these decisions independently after considering all of the evidence.
The full decision was read out in the Mags Court so is in the public domain, and is attached below for your information.
I would ask that you have regard to the decision made through the legal process and not how others may present the facts or whether you agree or not with the decision made now by both a Licensing Committee and a Magistrates Court
It is of concern to the Authority if other members of the licensed trade, despite their friendships or loyalty, do not understand or recognise conduct of a licensed individual that is deemed unacceptable or support the continuous breach of conditions putting others at potential risk. Such behaviour harms the reputation of the licensed trade, those licensed drivers and operators who do work hard to raise and uphold standards.
I would remind you all that you are licensed in accordance with the legislation and policy to promote public safety and report those individuals in the trade who choose to break the law or their licensing conditions with no thought for public safety.
If you have any concerns or wish advice in relation to your own business operation please contact the Taxi Hub.
We remain fully supportive of our taxi and private hire trade and recognise the difficult job that you all do and understand how busy you will be in the run-up to Christmas (as will the Taxi Hub), we would ask you to continue providing your important transport service and not get drawn into matters that have a judicial process to follow. The expertise lays with those who make these decisions.
In relation to the issue of the taxi fares, additional work has been done on this matter and a report will be considered in January or February 2018, you will be advised of the proposal to be put forward before the Cabinet meeting.
Appeal Hearing Outcome 27-28 November 2017 (pdf 1mb, opens in new window)
Sunday 12 December 2017 - Beverley Festival of Christmas
Due to the Beverley Festival of Christmas taking place on Sunday 10 December 2017 the Saturday Market and Old Waste will be closed between 06:00 and 19:00. A temporary taxi rank is being provided on Sow Hill Road, there will be provision for 6 to 8 cars at one time. The exit from Sow Hill will be a right turn on to a revered one-way system on Ladygate, then right again on to Hengate.
Between the 1 December 2017 and 31 December 2017 there will be a temporary taxi rank provision on Armstrong Way, Beverley (Flemingate).
Please note the rank will only be in use as follows on each day:
Only authorised hackney carriage vehicles are permitted to use the rank, please find a list of those vehicles attached. To obtain authorisation please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
List of authorised vehicles (pdf 37mb opens in new window)
Reporting concerns about unlicensed taxis
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)