MAIDSTONE BOROUGH COUNCIL
Minutes of the meeting held on Monday 4 December 2017
Councillor Joy (Chairman), and
Councillors Mrs Blackmore, Garten, McLoughlin, Naghi, Perry, J Sams, Springett and Mrs Wilson
It was noted that apologies had been received from
Councillors Cuming, Mrs Grigg, Mrs Hinder, B Mortimer, Newton and Mrs
The following Substitute Members were noted:-
Councillor Mrs Wilson for Councillor Mrs Robertson
Councillor Perry for Councillor Mrs Hinder
Councillor Blackmore for Councillor Cuming
There were no urgent items.
There were no Visiting Members.
There were no disclosures by Members and Officers.
It was noted that Councillors Mrs Joy, Garten, McLoughlin,
Naghi and Mrs Springett had been lobbied on Agenda Item 13 Ė Hackney Carriage
and Private Hire Licensing:† Licence Fees and Charges Fees 2017/2018.
RESOLVED:† That all items on the agenda be
taken in public.
RESOLVED:† That the minutes of the meeting
held on 30 March 2017 be approved as a correct record and signed.
RESOLVED:† That the minutes of the meeting
held on 23 May 2017 be approved as a correct record and signed.
There were no petitions.
There were no questions from members of the public.
The Head of Housing and Community Services advised the Committee that the Councilís Constitution required Members and Substitutes of Licensing Committee to attain a certain level of training agreed by Members.
However, the Officer advised that due to the fact that this had been the first meeting of the year for Licensing Committee, it would be more prudent to wait until after the Borough Elections next May to conduct detailed training.
Members were advised that there would be a training session organised by an external barrister on 30th January 2018 for both Officers and Members.
RESOLVED:† That the oral update be noted.
The Committee considered the report of the Head of Housing and Community Services which related to Fees and Charges 2017/18 -Taxis and Private Hire.
In response to questions from Members, the Officer advised that:-
Hackney Carriage numbers were currently limited to 48 in the
Maidstone Borough area.† The unmet demand survey conducted in 2015 recommended
that consideration be given to removing the cap on a number of hackney vehicles
in Maidstone and guidance suggested that there should not be limits unless
there was specific justification.† A consultation with the trade would be carried
out shortly on this.
The knowledge test fee had been separated out from the driverís
The fees and charges are calculated according to the outlay of
the Council and they are the best that can be offered.
There was no room for manoeuvre as the figures had been based on
the efficiencies of the services gained already.
There had been higher charges on operators with larger numbers of
vehicles as suggested by the representation but it had not been very helpful as
in relation to enforcement larger operators tended to take less time than
operators who were owner/drivers as they often failed to keep their own
accurate operator records.
In terms of drivers working outside the Borough, there are
implications but it was nothing that the Council could do about it.
In terms of the age and mileage restrictions on licensed vehicles
in the policy, this would be reviewed separately, particularly in terms of
alternative fuels and would be linked with the Low Emissions Strategy.† A
report could be brought to the March meeting.
Some of the fees had reduced and this had been as a result of†
efficiencies, such as some activities being carried out on-line.†
1) That the proposed fees
and charges and associated costs for licences in respect of hackney carriage
drivers and vehicles and private hire drivers, vehicles and operators, as set
out in paragraph 2.14 of the report of the Head of Housing and Community
Services, be approved after consideration being given to the written objection
received on 19 September 2017 in response to the 28 day consultation and to be
effective from 5 December 2017.
2) That a report be
produced by Officers to come to the March meeting reviewing the Taxi Policy
which would cover the age and mileage restrictions and types of vehicles and
alternative fuels used and would link into the Low Emissions Strategy.
Voting:† For:† unanimous
6.30 p.m. to 7 p.m.