Melton cabbies hit by hike in licensing fees

Luton Magistrates Court upheld the Borough Council's decision not to renew the hackney carriage licence of a Luton taxi driver who was caught speeding in Milton Keynes
Luton Magistrates Court upheld the Borough Council's decision not to renew the hackney carriage licence of a Luton taxi driver who was caught speeding in Milton Keynes
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Taxi drivers in Melton are set to be hit in the pocket after a council decision to increase licence fees by 25 per cent for 2015/16 (cost of licence increasing from £102 to £128).

Melton Council’s rural, economic and environmental affairs committee unanimously approved to increase the taxi licensing charges and also to introduce a three-year licensing regime for hackney carriage and private hire drivers with immediate effect - in advance of Deregulation Bill legislation being fully implemented.

Pat Reid, the council’s regulatory services manager, said that introducing a 25 percent fee increase would still only result in the council recovering up to around 71 per cent of the overall costs of providing the service (based on anticipated levels of demand and budgetary provision).

The committee also agreed for a revised ‘penalty points scheme’ to be implemented, under the council’s taxi licensing policy, aimed at increasing taxi drivers’ and operators’ compliance with licensing conditions.

The scheme allows a driver to carry a specified number of points for offences/breaches of licence conditions for a specified period without losing their licence. Where a licence holder accumulates 12 points or more within a 12 month period, the matter will be referred to a licensing sub committee to decide what sanction, if any, should be applied.