Agenda and draft minutes

Regulatory and Appeals Committee
Monday, 3rd February, 2020 11.30 am

Venue: LB 31-32 - Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3NG. View directions

Contact: Kate Morris  Governance Officer

Items
No. Item

10.

Apologies

Minutes:

Councillor Cheryl Barnard  – Leave

Councillor Maria Joannou   – Personal

11.

Declarations of interests

Minutes:

None.

12.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 207 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 16 December 2019

Minutes:

The minutes were confirmed as a true record of the meeting and were signed by the Chair.

13.

Application for renewal of Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence pdf icon PDF 309 KB

Report of the Director of Community Protection

Minutes:

Angela Rawson, Regional Licensing & Policy Manager introduced the report outlining an  application for renewal of a Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence 061534 (plate H151). The is application was brought before the committee to determine whether in this instance the licence should be renewed and whether good reason(s) existed for the Council to depart from its policies. She highlighted the following points:

 

(a)  There are a number of strategies and policies in place to ensure that private hire and Hackney carriage vehicles are safe, suitable and sustainable within Nottingham. From 1 January 2020 all new and renewed licenced vehicles must be either Euro 6 Diesel or Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV);

 

(b)  The applicant held a licence for a vehicle first registered in May 2007, that licence expires on 3 February 2020;

 

(c)  The applicant has provided copies of orders, and deposit payments for a compliant vehicle, ordered in good time, but due to delays with manufacture the vehicle is not going to be available for delivery until March 2020;

 

(d)  Ordinarily the applicants renewal application would be refused as the vehicle  does not meet the Council’s current policy and specification which applies from 1 January 2020. Were a refusal to be made, the existing vehicle could be used for either 21 days to or allow for an appeal, or, if such appeal was made until such time as that appeal was determined. If no appeal was lodged then the vehicle could not be used and the applicant would not be able to work resulting in a loss of income. The existing vehicle has recently passed its DVLA MOT with no issues;

 

(e)  Air Quality colleagues had been consulted and considered that a short extension to the licence for the original vehicle would have minimal impact on air quality, and would be compensated for by the future use of the electric vehicle currently on order;

 

The following points were made during discussion:

 

(f)  The applicant had made a commitment to buy a policy compliant vehicle and as such is making an investment in the health of the citizens of Nottingham and in the environment for the benefit of the city;

 

(g)  As the delay was down to the manufacturers delay a degree of flexibility could be applied;

 

(h)  The Committee were supportive of a delegation of authority to renew licences in similar circumstances where definitive proof of an order for a policy compliant vehicle made in good time before the expiry of an existing licence could be provided. They also felt that the duration of the extension should be delegated to Officers to enable them to take into account the forecasted delivery date, with the provision that if a second extension was required for reasons that were not attributable to manufacturing delay that the matter would revert to the Committee.

 

Resolved to

(1)  Renew the Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence Number 061534 and to delegate authority to determine the duration of the renewed licence to the Chief Environmental Health Officer, Operations Manager –  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.