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Limiting the Number of Hackney Carriage Licences

Members are recommended to consider and approve findings from Demand Survey report.

Decision type: Non-key - Low

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 05/12/2022

Decision due: 30 Jan 2023 by Licensing Committee

Department: Licensing

Contact: Wangari Njiiri, Environmental Health and Licensing Support Team Leader Email: Wangari.Njiiri@cambridge.gov.uk.

Additional Information: This item will automatically appear on the agenda.

Background Information: The Council may, as part of its adopted policy on the licensing of Hackney Carriages (HCV), consider whether to apply a limit on the maximum number of HCV licences which it will issue at any time. However, this power may be exercised only if the Council is satisfied that there is no significant demand for the services of HCVs which is unmet (section 16 Transport Act 1985). The Council has no power to limit the number of Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) licences. Demand survey should be carried out to establish whether or not the current HCV fleet meet the demand for HCV services within the district, and additionally to cover accessibility issues and the provision of ranks within the district. The next survey was due to be completed in 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was concluded that a survey at that time would not be a true representation of the demand. In January 2022, members approved the commissioning of a 2022 demand survey.

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