Private hire operator fees
Private hire operator fees consultation
Ends: 16 December 2015
Have your say on the fee proposals for private hire operators' licences
A private hire operators' licence is required to enable a person to accept or invite bookings for private hire vehicles.
Operators apply annually to this local authority for the renewal of their licence and due to changes in legislation the way that this local authority deals with applications and the appropriate fee will need to change.
The Deregulation Act 2015 received Royal Assent on the 26 March 2015 and amends two sections of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 that deal with the granting of licences to taxi and private hire drivers and operators' licences. The new legislation affecting the taxi and private hire trade came into force on the 1 October 2015.
Section 53 and 55 changes the law in such a way as to establish a standard duration of three years for taxi and private hire drivers licences and five years for an operators licence.
As a result of these changes the local authority needs to consider a revised fee structure for the private hire operators licences, in order to take into consideration that licences must now be issued for the statutory five year period, except in circumstances of an individual case.
The fees that may be charged for licences are governed by legislation which requires that the council sets fees intended to recover up to its reasonable costs and does not charge a fee which is intended to make a profit. The council may therefore seek to charge less than cost, but not seek to charge more than cost. If less it would need to be funded from the general reserves and in the current climate no such funds have been identified.
A full review has been undertaken in order to ascertain the level of fee that should be set for a new/renewal application for a private hire operators' licences. This review has been undertaken using the guidance and toolkit provided by the Institute of Licensing for assisting local authorities with setting fees.
Changes agreed in the fees will take effect on the 20 December 2015, or a later date to be agreed.
No individual circumstances have been identified where it would be appropriate to offer a licence for a lesser period.
It is proposed that all operators pay a standard fee for the application/grant of a licence and a separate element is applied based upon the number of vehicles registered with each company.
It is proposed to offer the option to pay the 5 year licence by annual instalments for an additional fee.
It is also proposed that the fee for the Disclosure and Barring Certificate (DBS) should be reduced to the sum recharged by the DBS service; the local authority administration fee for processing these applications has now been included within the proposed new operator licence application fee.
|Operator renewal 5 year licences
||Number of vehicles
||Fee 5 year licence (£)
||5 Year fee per vehicle band (£)
|| 2 - 5
|| 6 - 20
|| 21 - 50
|| 51 - 100
|| 101 - 200
|| 201 - 300
|| 301 - 400
| Payment arrangement fee
| New private hire operators' licence
| Disclosure Barring certificate
The Licensing Department is making all known operators aware of the changes in the law and invites you to provide comments on its proposals for fee changes.
The consultation findings will be presented to the Licensing Committee and will be used to inform their decision later this year for a decision on the fees.