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Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Committee - Tuesday, 11th January, 2022 5.00 pm

Venue: Hurstwood Room, Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant, Hampshire PO9 2AX. View directions

Contact: Mark Gregory  Democratic Services Officer

Link: watch_the-meeting

Items
No. Item

6.

Apologies

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Howard, Moutray, Scott, Stone and Prad Bains.

 

7.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 186 KB

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting of the Licensing Committee held on 14 September 2021 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

8.

Declarations of Interests

To receive and record any declarations of interests from members present in respect of any of the various matters on the agenda for this meeting.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interests.

9.

Variation to the Hackney Carriage Table of Fares pdf icon PDF 168 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report requesting consideration of a potential increase in Hackney Carriage fares.

 

The Committee also received supplementary information, circulated prior to the meeting, which gave a comparison of fares charged in other Council areas on Christmas Day and New Day’s Day and included details of a representation received after the agenda was published

 

The Committee was advised that all hackney carriage proprietors had been consulted on the proposed alteration to the hackney carriage fare structure. The Committee received details of the amount of support received for each of the changes proposed.

 

In response to questions from Members of the Committee, the Officers advised that:

 

·                     The charge for entering the Portsmouth Clean Air Zone was only imposed on non-compliant vehicles.

·                     The introduction of Portsmouth Clean Air Zone charge had resulted in an increase in the number of hackney carriages being upgraded so that they became compliant vehicles:  at the time of the meeting 45% of the hackney carriage fleet were non-compliant.

·                     A non-compliant vehicle could make several journeys in and out of the Portsmouth Clean Air zone on the same day but only be required to pay the charge once for that day.

·                     It was not proposed to increase the fare for Boxing Day.

·                     The fare for bank holidays, other than Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, would remain at time and a half.

·                     It would be difficult to manage a sliding scale for the soil charge.

·                     The soil charge imposed by Basingstoke and Deane Council depended upon the tariff charged at the time of the incident.

·                     The officers were not aware of any complaints received relating to the soil charge.

·                     The soil charge would be included in the fare chart that had to be displayed in the hackney carriage.

 

The Committee noted that a majority of the respondents had expressed support for the proposed increases to the “flag drop”, rolling mile and the fare charge for journeys on Christmas day and New Year’s Day.

 

With regard to the other changes proposed the Committee:

 

·                     Expressed concern that a charge for entering a Clean Air Zone would discourage owners from upgrading their vehicles to more environmentally friendly vehicles

·                     The proposed increase in the soil charge was appropriate to cover the costs of cleaning the vehicle and any loss of earnings

·                     There was insufficient support to justify an increase in the charge for customer picked up at Havant Station

 

The Committee therefore:

 

RECOMMENDED to Council that

 

(1)        The following increases in the Hackney Carriage Fares be advertised:

 

            i)           an increase in the ‘flag drop’ from £2.40 to £3.00;

 

            ii)          an increase in the rolling mile charge from £1.70 to £1.80;

 

            iii)         an increase in the fare charged from 18:00 hours on Christmas Eve to 24:00 hours on Christmas Day and from 18:00 hours New Year’s Eve to 24:00 hrs on New Year’s Day from time and half to double time; and

 

            iv)        an increase in the soil charge from £50.00 to £75:00

 

(2)        Any objections to the above proposals following  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.