Ryedale District Council

Taxi Licensing and Private Hire policy consultation

On 14th February 2017 the Ryedale District Council Licensing Committee resolved to commence a consultation exercise on the revision of the Council’s policies and guidance relating to the Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire policies. The review is being undertaken to ensure that Ryedale Council has the necessary policies in place to ensure its licensed trade has the appropriate skills, knowledge and vehicle standards to deliver a safe and high quality licensed taxi trade.

There are a number of policy issues that are under consideration. These include:

• Maximum vehicle age
• All drivers to receive safeguarding training
• A basic skills and knowledge/locality tests and training requirements for new drivers
• Drivers ages
• Proposals for drivers to maintain subscription to the online DBS update service
• Proposed drivers dress code
• Proposal that records kept to prove Ryedale licensed hackney carriages are predominantly plying for trade within Ryedale
• Should licensed private hire operators be required to obtain a basic DBS disclosure.

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive and consultees are recommended to read the whole policy prior to making comment.

Please read the draft policy before completing the consultation.

It is recognised that some of Ryedale’s licensed vehicles may operate outside of the Council’s locality and therefore it is important that the consultation process invites comments from organisations/surrounding Council`s who may be affected by current and future taxi policies, as well as Ryedale’s licensed trade. Ryedale Council welcomes consultation responses from as wide a range of interested parties as possible.

The consultation is open until 24th May 2017. Any comments received after this date may not be considered as part of the review.


For further information, please contact:

Ryedale District Council Licensing Team
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

Email: with the subject heading 'Consultation Response'
Phone: 01653 600666

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