Agenda Item No
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Licensing Committee: 30th May 2012
Report of the Director of Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services
Application for approval as an Authorised Hackney Carriage Meter Tester - Panda Motors Limited
Purpose of the Report
1. To consider an application from Panda Motors Limited, Cwm Level Road, Landore, Swansea, SA12 2PG for approval to test Hackney Carriage Meters in the Vale of Glamorgan.
After careful consideration of the facts of the Report the Committee's instructions are requested in respect of this matter. Members may wish to consider the following options;
· Approve the application for Panda Motors Limited to test Hackney Carriage Meters in the Vale of Glamorgan.
· Refuse to approve Panda Motors Limited as Hackney Carriage Meter testers in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The Officer recommendation in this matter is that the application by Panda Motors Limited be approved.
Reason for the Recommendation
To provide Hackney Carriage Vehicle proprietors in the Vale of Glamorgan with greater choice of approved meter testers.
2. Vale of Glamorgan 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 Hackney Carriage tariff.
3. There are currently three companies approved to issue Hackney Carriage meter certificates for vehicles licensed by the Vale of Glamorgan.
Relevant Issues and Options
4. On 18th May 2012 the Licensing Section received an application from Panda Motors Limited to be approved by the Vale of Glamorgan to test meters and issue meter certificates for Hackney Carriages licensed by the authority. A copy of the application is attached at Appendix A to this Report.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)
5. All resources directed to the administration and enforcement of the Taxi Licensing function may be recovered through Taxi Licensing Fees and Charges.
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
6. Section 65 (1) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 states:
7. A district council may fix the rates or fares within the district as well as for time as 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
8. Under Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 the Council has a statutory duty to consider crime and disorder implications whilst regulating licensing activities. We must have due regard to the likely effect of the exercise of those functions on the need to do all we can reasonably do to prevent crime and disorder in our area.
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)
9. The Council is obliged to apply its Licensing conditions on an equitable basis in the case of all applications.
10. To protect the health and safety of the community by ensuring businesses meet legislative requirements, controlling infectious disease, encouraging responsible dog ownership, controlling pests and regulating animal health and welfare. To maintain a fair and equitable trading environment.
Policy Framework and Budget
11. The proposals in this report are in accordance with the Policy Framework and Budget.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
12. Not applicable.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
13. Housing and Public Protection.
Kate Thompson, Principal Regulatory Services Officer 01446 709105
Peter H. Evans, Director of Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services.