Venue: Council Chamber, Bury Town Hall
Contact: Michael Cunliffe Democratic Services
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were submitted CouncillorsK Hussain and D Quinn.
Councillor L Ryder acted as a substitute representative for Councillor D Quinn.
Councillor Ryder had undertaken the Licensing training which had been provided to all Members of the Committee earlier this year.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members of the Licensing and Safety Panel are asked to consider whether they have an interest in any of the matters on the agenda, and if so, to formally declare that interest.
Councillor Rydeheard declared an interest that in his employment he had worked on a number of cases involving both Private Hire and Hackney Carriage drivers.
Councillor Ibrahim declared an interest that he was aware of the applicant within his local community in relation to agenda item 8 and would remain in the meeting for this item.
The minutes of the meeting held on the 20th July 2023 are attached.
Members of the Licensing and Safety Committee are asked to consider
whether these are a correct record of the meeting, and if so, to formally
That the Minutes of the last meeting held on the 20th July 2023 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.
PUBLIC QUESTION TIME
Questions are invited from members of the public present at the meeting on any matters for which this Panel is responsible.
Approximately 30 minutes will be set aside for Public Question Time if required.
No questions had been pre submitted or were raised by members of the public in attendance at the meeting.
A report from the Executive Director (Operations) is attached.
The report set out updates in respect of the following issues:
The Licensing Service had dealt with a number of compliance and enforcement
Matters between the 3rd July and the 27th August 2023.
TRADE LIAISON MEETING
The Licensing Service held a Trade Liaison meeting with the taxi trade on the
3rd August 2023, this was attended by representatives of the trade. The minutes
of the meeting have been published on the Council’s website.
Following the decision of the Committee on the 20th July 2023, the Licensing
Service have progressed the public consultation in relation to the review of
Council Policy in relation to Hackney carriage and Private Hire. The
consultation began on the 7th August 2023 and will end on the 15th September
consideration at the meeting in October 2023.
The Licensing Service raised the public consultation with trade representatives
at the Trade Liaison meeting on the 3rd August 2023 to enable them to advise
their members of the proposed consultation. In addition, it was requested that
a dedicated email address was set up for any issues/concerns/difficulties to be
communicated to the Licensing Service.
Following the Trade Liaison meeting, the Licensing Service had sent two
rounds of emails out on the 7th August and 30th August 2023. The email was
sent to 911 drivers, 30 Private Hire Operators and 5 trade representatives. The
Council’s Engagement Officer had been promoting and working with the trade
groups and the Council has been promoting the consultation by social media.
LICENSING HEARING SUB-COMMITTEE HEARING
The Licensing Service received an application for a Temporary Event Notice
for the Kavern Klub, 107 The Rock, Bury, BL9 0NB. Representations were
received from Greater Manchester Police in their capacity as a responsible
authority. The matter was considered by the Licensing Hearings Sub-
Committee on the 3rd August 2023. During the meeting the notice giver after
hearing the representation from Greater Manchester Police decided to
withdraw her application, therefore the Sub-Committee members were not
required to determine the application.
DEDICATED BE.EV TAXI AND PRIVATE HIRE ELECTRIC VEHICLE
CHARGING POINTS IN GREATER MANCHESTER
The Licensing Service were requested by Transport for Greater Manchester to
circulate to the taxi trade in Bury on the 29 August 2023, information in relation
to taxi and private hire charging points that are now live in Greater Manchester.
This information was emailed and sent to all licence holders and interested
parties and EV taxi and private hire charging points sites now live were detailed
in the report.
Information was also provided on how to register the vehicle on the scheme
and how to validate onto the scheme. The information sent to the trade also
contained the costs associated with the different types of chargers.
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Any other business, which by reason of special circumstances, the Chair agrees may be considered as a matter of urgency.
No urgent business was reported at the meeting.
EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC
To consider passing the appropriate resolution under section 100 (A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business since it involves the likely disclosure of the exempt information stated.
That in accordance with Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business since it involved the likely disclosure of information relating to individuals who hold Licences granted by the Authority or Applicants for Licences provided by the Authority.
APPLICATION TO LICENCE A VEHICLE AS A HACKNEY CARRIAGE CONTRARY TO COUNCIL POLICY
A report from the Executive Director (Operations) is attached.
The Executive Director (Operations) submitted a report relating to an application to licence a vehicle as a hackney carriage which falls outside the Council’s current policy.
The Chair made introductions and the Council Solicitor outlined the procedure to be followed and clarified that all those present had read the report. The report, which was accepted by the Applicant and their representative was presented by the Licensing Unit Manager.
He set out the reasons for the being before the Committee and highlighted </AI9>a report that was considered at the committee meeting on the 11th November 2021 in relation to common minimum standards. Members of the Committee noted that report and recommended approval which was undertaken at a meeting of the Full Council on the 24th November 2021. The following policy standard was adopted;
Standard 9 of the adopted common minimum licensing standards related to vehicle design and stated “No vehicle first being licensed will have been written off in any category and will not be renewed (if previously written off) after 1 April 2022”.
On the 24th March 2022, a further report was considered and adopted by the Licensing and Safety Committee in relation to written off vehicles. The decision of the Committee then was as follows:
Following discussions with the GM Licensing Network, it is proposed to review this standard in its entirety and give consideration to a revised standard in relation to written off vehicles. It is recommended that the standard that has been previously approved be amended as follows:-
Existing licence holders with vehicles that have previously been written off (in any category) will be permitted to renew their licence up to 31 March 2023.
On the 16 March 2023, a further report was considered and approved by the Licensing and Safety Committee in relation to amendments to the Greater Manchester Minimum Licensing Standards for the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles. This report included the implementation date for the written-off vehicle to the 1st April 2026 for existing licensed vehicles.
Members resolved that the implementation date for the written-off vehicle standards be extended to 1st April 2026. The amendment to the written off policy is to permit vehicle licence holders who are currently licensed in Bury with a previously written off vehicle prior to the implementation of the Stage 2 of Common Minimum Standards in November 2021 to continue to be able to licence the vehicle until the 1st April 2026. In order to achieve compliance, the current policy now stated that from 1st April 2025 a vehicle licence will not be renewed if the vehicle has been previously written off.
There was no change to Council Policy relating to new vehicle licence applications in relation to this standard.
On the 9th March 2023, the Licensing Service were notified by the vehicle proprietor that they had been involved in a road traffic accident and there was damage to the front of the vehicle.
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