Introduction and background

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 provides that the Council may charge as fees the reasonable cost of administering and enforcing the hackney carriage and private hire licensing function. The fees charged are intended to enable the service to operate on a self-financing basis with the cost of operating the service being covered directly by the charging of fees.
A review of fees was last carried out in 2015 alongside the introduction of the Deregulation Act and the subsequent changes to timescales for the issue of licenses to Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles. Subsequently a further review of charges and costs has been undertaken and approval was given by the Council's Licensing Committee on 25 June 2019 to implement, subject to consideration of any formal objections received, the following proposed increases to fees.

Proposed increases

Type Current charge (£) Proposed charge (£) Increase (£)
New driver application 65.00 85.00 20.00
New driver licence 170.00 200.00 30.00
Driver renewal 170.00 200.00 30.00
Additional driver licence 170.00 200.00 30.00
Driver re-grant 190.00 220.00 30.00
New vehicle licence 170.00 220.00 50.00
Vehicle renewal 140.00 190.00 50.00
Vehicle re-grant 160.00 210.00 50.00
Vehicle MOT inspection 47.00 55.00 8.00
MOT inspection re-test 21.00 27.50 6.50
New and renewal operator licence 1668.00 2000.00 332.00
Operator re-grant 1708.00 2040.00 332.00
Hackney Carriage road knowledge test 40.00 50.00 10.00
3 yearly driver refresher training* - 50.00 -
DBS enquiry 48.00 54.00 6.00
DVLA enquiry 5.00 6.00 1.00

*New requirement

If you have any formal objections to the proposed increases to fees please let us know using this short feedback form.

Any formal objections received regarding the proposed increases will be presented to the Licensing and Regulatory Committee on 20 August 2019 for consideration prior to implementation.

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