Agenda Item No 5
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Licensing Committee 14th April 2015
Report of the Director of Development Services
Application for Approval as an Authorised Hackney Carriage Meter Tester - A2B (South Wales) Limited
Purpose of the Report
1. To consider an application from A2B (South Wales) Limited, A2B House, Unit 1 Atlantic Trading Estate, Barry, CF63 3RF for approval to test Hackney Carriage Meters for use in the Vale of Glamorgan.
It is recommended that the application by A2B (South Wales) 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. 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.
3. There are currently five companies approved to issue Hackney Carriage meter certificates for vehicles licensed by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
4. A2B (South Wales) Ltd are approved to test meters supplied by GPC Computer Software Ltd.
Relevant Issues and Options
5. On 4th August 2014 the Licensing Section received an application from A2B (South Wales) Ltd to be approved by the Vale of Glamorgan Council to test meters supplied by GPC Computer Software Ltd meters and issue meter certificates for Hackney Carriages licensed by the authority.
6. This application was considered, and Members resolved to grant it on 30th September 2014. The minutes in relation to this hearing are attached at Appendix A to this report.
7. On 23rd February 2015 The Licensing Section received a letter from A2B (South Wales) Ltd, requesting that they be approved by the Vale of Glamorgan Council to test all brands of meters and issue meter certificates for Hackney Carriages licensed by the Vale of Glamorgan Council. A copy of this letter is attached at Appendix B to this Report.
8. The letter received also gives details of a measured mile that A2B (South Wales) Ltd Intend to use to test calibrations.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)
Sustainability and Climate Change Implications
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
11. Section 65 (1) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 states:
12. 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
13. 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)
14. The Council is obliged to apply its licensing conditions on an equitable basis in the case of all applications.
15. To protect the health and safety of the community by ensuring businesses meet legislative requirements, controlling infectious diseases, encouraging responsible dog ownership, controlling pests and regulating animal health and welfare. To maintain a fair and equitable trading environment.
Policy Framework and Budget
16. This is a matter for decision by the Licensing Committee.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
18. Housing and Public Protection.
Amanda Ewington. Licensing Team Leader 01446 709782
D R Thomas, Director of Development Services