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Council launches consultation on taxi and private hire licensing

People are being invited to have their say on proposed changes to the licensing of taxi and private hire vehicles across Lewes district.

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The consultation, which was launched today (Monday, July 31), is in response to feedback from customers and those working within the trade.

After completing the survey at lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/LDCtaxiconsultation people can also express an interest in taking part in a focus-group session about the proposals.

Councillor Christine Robinson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said: "Lewes district taxis and private hire are closely monitored and we regularly update our guidance for the trade, ensuring that customer, driver and vehicle safety is always the number one priority.

"We would like to hear people's views on these proposed changes as part of our ongoing efforts to further strengthen taxi licensing for the benefit of customers, drivers and operators."

Proposed changes to the guidance include: 

  • Rewording the Penalty Points Scheme to make it easier for licensees to understand and help streamline investigations.
  • Introducing a Customer and Driver Charter.
  • Consulting on the option to have audio recording of CCTV systems within taxi and private hire vehicles.
  • Introducing a requirement for all licensed vehicles to carry a spare wheel or suitable alternative. 
  • Clarity around vehicles that have been classed a written-off. 

The consultation runs until 5pm on Sunday, September 10.

Published Monday 31 July 2023

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