Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Licensing Policy Review

Local residents, businesses and visitors to Darlington have been invited to share their views on changes to policies and procedures relating to taxis in the borough. Darlington Borough Council has launched a public consultation over proposed changes to the way taxis and private hire vehicles are licensed and operated. The key aim is to ensure the safety and welfare of the public, encourage environmental sustainability, and ensure efficient taxi and private hire services in the borough.

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* 2. In what capacity are you replying to this consultation

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* 3. Colour - Darlington Borough Council propose specifying a basic red colour (Pantone 485) for all new vehicles. This is the shade of red used by Royal Mail

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* 4. Emissions - vehicles will be allowed to be licensed under 4 years old and removed when they are 8 years old from 1st April 2023. This will ensure that all vehicles will comply with Euro 6 engine standards by that time to reduce emissions. Once introduced, there will be no exceptionally well maintained element.

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* 5. Window tints - the current policy requires rear windows to allow 70% light transmission (front windows have statutory requirements of 70% and 75%). It is proposed that rear window light transmission be reduced to 30%

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* 6. Previous convictions - this is the minimum time to have elapsed before considering whether to grant or renew a licence. The conviction rates proposed are in line with the Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards

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* 7. Advertising - it is proposed that adverts will be limited to the rear quarter panel only and it must not change the underlying colour of the vehicle

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* 8. CCTV - would you like inward facing CCTV to be mandatory in all taxi's and private hire vehicles

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* 9. DBS - all drivers must subscribe to the DBS update service, which will be checked every 6 months, as proposed in the Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards

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* 10. Spare wheels - in the current policy a spare wheel is a requirement, however some vehicles are now manufactured without a spare wheel as standard and use a pressurised tyre sealant in emergencies. It is proposed that where a vehicle has been manufactured without a spare wheel, tyre sealants may be used in an emergency situation

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