Agenda and minutes

General Licensing Committee - Thursday, 28 January 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: This is a virtual meeting.

Contact: Michael Flowers  Graduate Trainee Democratic and Electoral Services Officer

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No. Item


Apologies for absence

To record apologies for absence. 




Minutes pdf icon PDF 92 KB

To adopt and sign as a correct record the General Licensing Committee minutes of the meeting held on 15th May 2019. 


RESOLVED: to approve the minutes of the meeting held on the 15th May 2019 as a correct record and agree that the Chair sign these as such.



Declarations of interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests in respect of items on the agenda for this meeting.  




Urgent business and chairman's announcements

To receive notification of any matters which the chairman determines should be considered as urgent business and the special circumstances which have made the matters urgent, and to receive any announcements from the chairman. 




Public participation

To receive any questions or statements from members of the public that have registered to speak. 




Review of Joint Taxi Policy pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Housing and Environment presented by the Licensing Team Leader.

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The Licensing Team Leader introduced the report. Members were informed that the existing policy had been published in 2013 and had only received minor amendments since that date. The proposed new Joint Taxi Policy subsequently was the first full review in eight years and included changes to reflect new legislation, although it was noted that the licensing authority was already in compliance with the requirements as their working practises had already been amended. The officer also clarified that the Department for Transport expected local authorities to implement its new standards which were published in July 2020 unless there was a compelling reason to depart from the standards.


The officer explained that the proposed consultation would run for six weeks, with a commencement on 10 February 2021. The policy would be sent to all licensed drivers and operators as well as neighbouring local authorities and the taxi licensing coordinator at Thames Valley Police. District councillors, town and parish councils, as well as disability groups would also be included in the consolation. The comments from this consolation would be considered and a further report would be sent back to the General Licensing Committee with a summary as well as a final version of the policy, with the aim of adopting the new policy in June 2021. The officer did note that two errors had been identified in advance of the meeting, but these would be amended before the policy would go to consultation.


A question was raised on whether Appendix A and B of the policy would both be sent out in the consultation. The officer confirmed that these would be included. An additional question was raised on how the new policy could impact drivers financially. The officer explained that they did not expect any serious detrimental effects, and that in some circumstances, some required actions were cheaper such as the DBS checking requirements. The officer also remined the committee that the recommendation was for a consultation and so any final approval would need to go back to the committee.


A motion moved and seconded to support the officer’s recommendations was declared carried on being put to the vote.