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Agenda Item No 4

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Public Protection Licensing Committee 6th December 2016

 

Report of the Director of Environment and Housing

 

Application for approval as an Authorised Hackney Carriage Meter Tester - Contact Radio Communications Ltd

 

Purpose of the Report

  1. To consider an application from Contact Radio Communications Ltd, Unit 9 Leeway Court, Newport, NP19 4SJ for approval to test Hackney Carriage Meters for use in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the application by Contact Radio Communications Ltd be

approved.

Reason for the Recommendation

To provide Hackney Carriage proprietors in the Vale of Glamorgan with greater choice of approved meter testers.

Background

  1. The Vale of Glamorgan Council's Conditions for Hackney Carriages state;

The proprietor shall produce annually to the Licensing Authority a certificate issued by a meter installer approved by the Licensing Authority stating that the meter is accurate and contains only the current Vale of Glamorgan Council's Hackney Carriage tariff.

  1. There are currently five companies approved to issue Hackney Carriage meter certificates for vehicles licensed by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
  2. Contact Radio Communications Ltd are already an approved supplier and installer of taxi meters for a number of council's including Cardiff, Newport, Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent and Rhondda Cynon Taff.
  3. Contact Radio Communications Ltd currently supply Aquila, Cygnus, Digitax and Viking taxi meters.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. On 12th October 2016 the Licensing Section received an application from Contact Radio Communications Ltd to be approved by the Vale of Glamorgan Council to test meters supplied by Aquila, Cygnus, Digitax and Viking taxi meters and issue meter certificates for Hackney Carriages licensed by the authority. The application is attached at Appendix A to this Report.
  2. The application also gave details of a measured mile that Contact Radio Communications Ltd intend to use to test calibrations. This is attached as Appendix B of this Report.
  3. Contact Radio Communications Ltd has also supplied copies of their Taximeter Certificate and Taximeter Tariff Certificate attached at Appendix C to this Report.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. None

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. None.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. Section 65 (1) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 states:
  2. A district council may fix the rates or fares within the district as well as for time and distance, and all other charges in connection with the hire of a vehicle or with the arrangements for the hire of a vehicle; to be paid in respect of the hire of hackney carriages by means of a table (hereafter in this section referred to as a "table of fares") made or varied in accordance with the provisions of this section.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. Under Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 the Council has a statutory duty to consider crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour implications whilst regulating licensing activities. There are no crime and disorder implications arising from this Report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. The Council is obliged to apply its licensing conditions on an equitable basis in the case of all applications.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. As the general public rely on the licensed trade to transport them safely, suitable licence conditions contribute to Outcome 1: "An Inclusive and Safer Vale."

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. This is a matter for decision for the Public Protection Licensing Committee.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. None.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. Homes and Safe Communities

Background Papers

None.

Contact Officer

Yvonne Witchell, Team Manager Licensing 01656 643105

Officers Consulted

Richard Price, Lawyer, Legal Services 01446 709409

Responsible Officer:

Miles Punter - Director of Environment and Housing

 

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