Taxi licensing policy
If you are a licence holder or thinking about applying for a licence, you need to ensure that you are familiar with our Joint Taxi Licensing Policy.
Review of the policy
Following a public consultation carried out earlier this year, our General Licensing Committee approved a new version of our Joint Taxi Licensing Policy at their meeting on 24 June 2021.
The committee decided to introduce a tariff for hackney carriages. We will carry out a separate consultation on this in due course to ask the public and trade for their views before we propose a level for the tariff. Any proposed tariff would also be advertised before being introduced (in accordance with section 65 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976).
What the consultation was about
The consultation ran from 10 February to 24 March 2021 and asked people what they thought about the proposed changes to our Joint Taxi Licensing Policy. It was available for public comment and was also sent to licence holders, all local authorities in Oxfordshire and neighbouring local authorities, and all those registered on the council’s corporate consultation database (including residents, businesses and organisations).
We are very grateful to all those who took the time to respond to the consultation and provide their comments on the proposed changes. All of the comments made have been taken into consideration when creating the final version of the policy.
You can find full details of the consultation proposals and more information below:
- summary of the changes we made to the current policy which also explains the reasons for the changes
- changes in legislation and guidance since the policy was last reviewed which were required to be included in the new policy
- the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards which led to a number of changes, mainly relating to safety standards