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PUBLIC PROTECTION LICENSING COMMITTEE

 

Minutes of a meeting held on 4th April, 2017.

 

Present:  Councillor A.G. Powell (Chairman); Councillor H.C. Hamilton (Vice-Chairman); Councillors G.A. Cox, K. Hatton, R.P. Thomas, Mrs. M.R. Wilkinson and C.J. Williams.

 

 

1003   APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE –

 

These were received from Councillors E. Hacker, Mrs. A. Moore, N. Moore, Mrs. A.J. Preston, Ms R.F. Probert and J.W. Thomas.

 

 

1004   MINUTES –

 

RESOLVED – T H A T the minutes of the meeting held on 7th March, 2017 be approved as a correct record.

 

 

1005   DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST –

 

No declarations were received.

 

 

1006   REQUEST TO WAIVE THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL’S AGE POLICY GUIDELINES FOR THE GRANT OF A PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLE LICENCE – RENAULT TRAFFIC – HK11 ADO (DEH) –

 

The Team Manager Licensing presented the report, the purpose of which was for the Committee to consider a request by Mr. Kyle Rendall to waive the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Age Policy Guidelines in respect of Private Hire Vehicle Licence application for a Renault Traffic, registration HK11 ADO. 

 

Mr. Rendall was present at the Committee meeting.

 

The Team Manager Licensing advised Members that Class 1 was one of two classes of vehicles used in the Vale of Glamorgan in conjunction with the Age Policy Guidelines.  Class 1 vehicles must be under five years old to have a licence granted.  The date of the first registration for the vehicle registration HK11 ADO was 17th June, 2011. 

 

On 6th March, 2017, Mr. Rendall submitted an application for a Private Hire Vehicle Licence for HK11 ADO.  The application was accompanied by a letter requesting that the Licensing Committee consider waiving the Age Policy Guidelines in respect of the grant of a licence for this vehicle.  A copy of Mr. Rendall’s letter was attached at Appendix A to the report.

 

Members were advised that if the Committee was minded to approve the waiver of Age Policy Guidelines in respect of this vehicle, this would be non-transferrable and would relate only to the vehicle Renault Traffic, registration number HK11 ADO.  Furthermore, the vehicle would be presented for testing at the Alps Depot, and a licence would be issued from the date the vehicle received a statutory pass certificate.

 

The Chairman asked Mr. Rendall whether he wanted to say anything in support of his application.  Mr. Rendall stated that he had nothing further to add.

 

Having considered Mr. Rendall’s application to waive the Vale of Glamorgan’s Age Policy Guidelines, it was

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the request to waive the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Age Policy Guidelines in respect of a Private Hire Vehicle Licence application for a Renault Traffic, registration number HK11 ADO, be granted.

 

(2)       T H A T the Committee’s decision to grant the waiver to the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Age Policy Guidelines, relates specifically to Private Hire Vehicle Licence application for a Renault Traffic, registration number HK11 ADO and is non-transferrable to any other vehicle.

 

Reason for decisions

 

(1)       The Committee being satisfied that the vehicle met the requirements of Section 48 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.

 

(2)       To ensure that decision to waive Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Age Policy Guidelines in respect of a Private Hire Vehicle Licence application be non-transferable.

 

 

1007   REQUEST FOR EXEMPTION FROM CONDITION 9 OF THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN CONDITIONS ATTACHED TO PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLES – RENAULT TRAFFIC – HK11 ADO (DEH) –

 

The Team Manager Licensing presented the report, the purpose of which was to allow the Committee to consider a request by Mr. Kyle Rendall to be exempt from the requirement to display door stickers on his vehicle.

 

The Team Manager advised that Condition 9 of the Vale of Glamorgan Conditions for Private Hire Vehicles states that identification door stickers should be fixed to each of the vehicle’s front doors by the adhesive backing.

 

Officers were not delegated the authority to issue a Private Hire Vehicle Licence other than in accordance with the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s standard conditions.

 

The report advised that on 6th March, 2017, Mr. Kyle Rendall submitted an application for a Private Hire Vehicle Licence in respect of his vehicle, a Renault Traffic, registration number HK11 ADO.

 

Mr. Rendall’s application was accompanied with a letter requesting exemption from Condition 9 of the Vale of Glamorgan Conditions attached to Private Hire Vehicles and specific to the requirement to display door stickers.  A copy of the request was attached at Appendix A to the report, which outlined that Mr. Rendall was in the process of setting up a mobile tour operating service.  Mr. Rendall was not requesting an exemption from any other plating requirement e.g. window licence or licence plate. 

 

The Team Manager Licensing stated that current Private Hire legislation did not distinguish between different types of business models and standard conditions relating to displaying door stickers applied to all vehicles licences.  This was in order to ensure public safety. 

 

The Committee was advised that while awaiting the determination of this matter, Mr. Rendall had not had the vehicle tested for compliance.  However, should his request be approved, he would be required to produce a satisfactory test certificate from the Alps Depot prior to the issuing of the Private Hire Vehicle Licence. 

 

In addition, the Team Manager Licensing advised that Mr. Rendall’s request related to the creation of a travel/touring company and if his request was granted, then this would be non-transferrable and would relate only to the vehicle Renault Traffic, registration number HK11 ADO.

 

Mr. Rendall, in providing clarity of his business model, stated that he would be partaking in tours around Wales and he felt that the taxi stickers would draw unwanted attention as members of the public could view his vehicle as a taxi ready for hire.  Mr. Rendall’s business would be a mobile tour operator and he felt that the door stickers would be displeasing on the eye for possible customers.

 

A Committee Member queried whether Mr. Rendall would be displaying his own business logos.  In reply, Mr. Rendall confirmed that he would and that the Company’s phrase would be on the side of the vehicle along with a poster in the rear window.  Mr. Rendall advised that he had been provided with grant money that had been used to pay for the signs, for which, had to be spent in a short period of time.


The Chairman queried whether Mr. Rendall required prior consent before the Company’s logo was displayed on the vehicle.  In reply, the Team Manager Licensing confirmed that prior consent was required and this was delegated to officers for determination.  The Chairman stated that Mr. Rendall would have to confirm the advertising of his business with the appropriate Licensing officer. 

 

There being no further questions, it was

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T Mr. Rendall’s request for an exemption from Condition 9 of the Vale of Glamorgan conditions attached to Private Hire Vehicles, in respect of the requirement to display door stickers on Private Hire Vehicle Licence, Renault Traffic, registration number HK11 ADO, be granted.

 

(2)       T H A T the decision to grant the exemption from Condition 9 of the Vale of Glamorgan conditions attached to Private Hire Vehicles, in respect of the requirement to display door stickers, relates specifically to Private Hire Vehicle Licence, Renault Traffic, registration number HK11 ADO, and is therefore non-transferable to any other vehicle.

 

Reason for decisions

 

(1)       To allow Mr. Rendall to be exempt from Condition 9 of the Vale of Glamorgan conditions attached to Private Hire Vehicles, in respect of the requirement to display door stickers.

 

(2)       To ensure that the decision to grant an exemption from Condition 9 of the Vale of Glamorgan conditions attached to Private Hire Vehicles be non-transferable.