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Coronavirus: Licensing - Taxis

Guidance for staff in the transport sector

The Department for Transport and Public Health England has issued guidance to transport sector workers.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-staff-in-the-transport-sector/covid-19-guidance-for-staff-in-the-transport-sector

Social distancing in the workplace during coronavirus (COVID-19): sector guidance

We are aware that the taxis and PHV trade are undertaking delivery work – please see the section on ‘Deliveries’ as well as ‘Transport businesses’. Measures contained in the section on ‘Use of private vehicles and car-pooling’ would apply to the taxi and private hire vehicle sector e.g. maintain good ventilation.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/social-distancing-in-the-workplace-during-coronavirus-covid-19-sector-guidance#transport-businesses

Insurance for undertaking deliveries

Association of British Insurers (ABI) motor insurance members have committed to support taxi and private hire drivers seeking alternative sources of income: licenced taxi or private hire drivers that had hire or reward insurance in place, as of 8 March, will not need to contact their insurer to extend their your existing cover while driving this vehicle to carry parcels, medical supplies, household goods, groceries or takeaway meals during the Covid-19 restrictions.

The ABI’s commitment will be in place until the end of the Covid-19 restrictions, or until 31 July 2020, whichever is sooner

https://www.abi.org.uk/products-and-issues/topics-and-issues/coronavirus-hub/motor-insurance/

Face masks

The UK does not currently advise use of face masks outside of care settings, in line with PPE guidance.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19

Assisting the trade

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed. More information on the scheme is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme 

The above is perhaps particularly relevant to the taxi and PHV trade but it is part of the measures announced, e.g. changes to Universal Credit - more info is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19

Licensing Committee Hearings

Local authorities in England have been handed new powers to hold public meetings virtually by using video or telephone conferencing until 7th May 2021. The Council is finalising the arrangements but once confirmed we will notify all drivers who are due to be attending hearings. Full guidance and training will be given before any hearings take place.

 

Applicants for the renewal of existing Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers’ licences will be sent a renewal reminder approximately six weeks before their existing licence is due to expire. This is a courtesy service only and licence holders are reminded that ultimate responsibility for ensuring that their licence is renewed on time remains with them.

All applications for renewal are only dealt with in person at the Licensing Office during the allocated times. Once a licence has lapsed, it cannot technically be renewed and a new application will be required, along with all necessary documentation and fees.  A new licence will not be granted until all necessary checks have been carried out.  The applicant will not be entitled to drive during this period.

Failure to submit a new application within 1 month from the expiry date of the previous licence will result in the applicant having to undertake a new medical and CRB disclosure. The new licence will not be granted until the above checks have been carried out.

Application Procedure

All renewal applications for a driver’s licence issued by the council shall be made on the specified application form supplied by the Licensing section. The application form must be signed by the applicant in all instances. All applications for renewals must be submitted in person.  If you are not going to be able to submit your renewal in person, please inform the Licensing office on 508505.

Appendix B - Procedure for driver renewal