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Vehicle Age Requirements for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles

Members of Licensing Committee are requested to consider the proposed changes and approve.

Decision type: Non-key - Low

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 21/08/2023

Decision due: 11 Sep 2023 by Licensing Committee

Department: Communities Group

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

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Background Information: The council has recently received a petition from a trade representative. Petition requests the council to consider the age limits for licenced vehicles. Proposals were: • Increase the maximum age limit for vehicles to be licensed from less than nine years old to less than 11. • Remove the requirement that any new vehicle licence will not be granted in respect of a vehicle unless it is less than four years old. Officers have looked into the effects of the proposal on Air Quality Action Plan, and do not see a significant negative impact by change. Based on current policy, these changes will only affect currently licensed diesel and petrol vehicles (most of which are wheelchair accessible) and standard hybrid vehicles. Changes will offer owners a greater choice of vehicles they can licence and may also improve the number of wheelchair accessible vehicles.

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