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Guidance issued for hosting World Cup matches in 2018 for licensed premises. 

The British Beer and Pub Association have issued guidance for licensed premises on hosting the world cup 2018 football matches. 

World Cup Guidance 2018 for licensed premises (pdf 1.2mb, opens in new window) 

First Private Hire Operators awarded 5 STAR status 

Five private hire operator firms have become the first in the East Riding to gain a five star status in a scheme designed to promote public safety and raise standards.

Home Sweet Home, based in Hornsea; Willerby Cars; All Journey Solutions, based in Beverley, Wilberfoss Travel were presented with certificates and display stickers after completing the training and assessment process.

All White Cars based in Hook have also achieved the five-star rating but were unable to attend the presentation.

The private hire operators’ mandatory accreditation scheme is the first of its kind in the country and has been implemented by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s licensing scheme and will see operators required to display a star rating, similar to the food hygiene ratings given to food outlets.

The accreditation sticker and certificate can be prominently displayed in offices and vehicles giving the public information and reassurance that the firm they are using operates to a high standard and promotes public safety.

All operators licensed with the council will be assessed on a number of criteria and given a rating of between three and five, with three being the minimum basic requirement.

Since the scheme launched earlier this year, 76 of the existing 80 licensed private hire operators have already achieved the satisfactory three-star rating by attending free private hire law and safeguarding awareness sessions.

There are also 12 operators who are working towards the five-star rating with assessments planned for early in 2018.

The scheme is just one of a number of measures introduced this year by the council for taxis and private hire services operating in the East Riding to give protection to both customers and drivers.

These include the installation of CCTV cameras in licensed vehicles, mandatory safeguarding training and the introduction of the distinctive green and white livery on taxi vehicles.

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to those operators who have committed to the scheme and completed their five-star accreditation.

“I am really proud that East Riding of Yorkshire Council is the first in the country to implement such a scheme which raises standards and provide a real commitment providing a safe and reliable private hire service for the public.

“I hope there are many more five-star ratings to come.”

Anthony Hardwick, operator of Home Sweet Home based in Hornsea, said: “I wanted to gain the five stars so people in the area know we are a well-run, reputable company that can be trusted.

“Issues over the past few years have left some of the taxi industry with a bad reputation so a scheme like this helps give customers that reassurance and confidence.

Issues over the past few years have left some of the taxi industry with a bad reputation so a scheme like this is great as it helps give customers reassurance that we are a well-run and trustworthy business.

Jon Wray, operator of Willerby Cars, who has been operating for just 18 months, said: “We’re proud of this achievement as we always strive to do our best for the customers and this will give them some reassurance.

“I’d urge every private hire operator to take part in this scheme as it’s beneficial to everyone.”

Paul Hinton, operator of Wilberfoss Travel, said: “I take a lot of pride in the service I offer and do go that extra mile for customers.

“The taxi industry has had some bad press recently so a scheme like this really does help to raise standards and provide reassurance for the public.”

Andrew Jessop, operator of All Journey Solutions which is an executive vehicle hire company based in Beverley, said: “I’d urge everyone to take part in this scheme – it doesn’t cost anything to complete but has great benefits.

“I think it’s a good scheme to try and raise the standards and this accreditation shows the company take public safety seriously.”

Taxi Safe ‘Get home safe tonight’ Christmas Campaign

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, theatres and public spaces. 

Taxi safe

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:

  • Only Hackney Carriage cabs can be hailed in the street or on a taxi rank and they should carry a plate on the back of the vehicle – East Riding licensed vehicles display white oval door stickers and have a top light saying "TAXI" and some vehicles have a green and white livery. 
  • Private hire vehicles must always be booked in advance and display a plate on the back of the vehicle – East Riding licensed vehicles have yellow oval stickers on the front passenger doors saying "pre-booked" only 
  • All licensed drivers should have a driver's identity badge issued by the relevant council, which should be prominently displayed at all times
  • Carry a telephone number of a trusted, licensed taxi or private hire company
  • If possible, book a taxi or mini-cab in advance and ask for the name of the driver as well as the make and colour of the car
  • Confirm the details with the driver when the vehicle arrives to make sure it's the car you ordered
  • If you are ordering a taxi from a public place, try not to let anyone overhear your name and address
  • If you are out with friends, make sure everyone has a way of getting home
  • If someone in your group has had too much to drink, accompany them to the taxi and make sure it's a legitimate vehicle – friends should stick together and make sure everyone gets home safely
  • Do not walk home if you've had too much alcohol as this can make you vulnerable or you may have an accident –will you be safe? Are you in control?

Taxi Safe Christmas Leaflet (pdf 573kb opens in new window)

Licence Fees - Proposed Charges from April 2018

All licence fees from April 2018 are now our for consultation, any comments must be made in writing by the 31 December 2017. 

Proposed licence fees 2018 (except Taxis), (word 52kb, opens in new window)

Proposed taxi licence fees 2018 (word 48kb, opens in new window)

Best Bar None 2016 Award Winners Announced! 

A Beverley bar has been crowned the best in the East Riding at a ceremony to celebrate the best licensed premises in the county.

The Kings Head in Saturday Market was named the overall winner in the fourth East Riding Best Bar None awards, which were held at Beverley Racecourse on Wednesday, 23 November.

And there was more success for Beverley premises as The Queen’s Head, Cross Keys and East Riding Theatre also walked off with awards.

The Best Bar None scheme is a national scheme and was introduced with the aim of establishing a standard of excellence within pubs, clubs and bars and is implemented by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s licensing team.

The scheme focuses on safety, public health initiatives and customer care, as well as helping to raise standards in the licensed trade to ensure responsible management of the premises.

This year, 32 premises were successful in gaining accreditation in the Best Bar None Scheme, which consists of a plaque and certificate for public display.

The winners in each of the individual categories were:

  • Best Pub – Cross Keys, Beverley 
  • Best Bar – Kings Head, Beverley 
  • Best Community Premises – Wrygarth Inn, Great Hatfield 
  • Best Food Led- Benjamin Fawcett, Driffield 
  • Best Entertainment Venue- East Riding Theatre, Beverley 
  • Best New Entrant- East Riding Theatre, Beverley   
  • Best Independent Pub- Queens Head, Beverley 

Councillor Shaun Horton, the portfolio holder for community involvement and local partnerships at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I was delighted to see the response of the local licences to the Best Bar None Awards scheme and congratulate those worthy winners.

This scheme encourages licensees to act responsibly and take pride in their premises and surroundings and, in doing so, put something back into their local community.

The effort of all of the participants is highly commendable bringing lots of rewards for licensees including, the prestige of being part of the awards scheme, increased business in the area and lower insurance premiums resulting from the fact that they are running safer establishments.

“However, the main winners of the awards scheme are the local community and visitors, who benefit from a more welcoming, attractive, lively and above all safer place to visit.”

Beverley chauffeur company ordered to pay costs to East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Chauffeur Luxury of Beverley has been ordered by Beverley Magistrates Court to pay ERYC costs of £6000 after Marc Mason withdrew his appeal against the council's decision to revoke Marc Mason's private hire driver's licence and private hire operator's licence. Both licence revocations remain in place.

Last Updated: Monday, 04 June 2018