Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee
Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 2.00 pm

Venue: Conference Room 3 - Civic Centre. View directions

Contact: Emily Goodwin/Pat Wood, Democratic Support Officer  023 8083 2302

Items
No. Item

11.

Apologies and Changes in Membership (If Any)

To note any changes in membership of the Committee made in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 4.3.

Minutes:

The apologies of Councillors J Baillie, Bogle, Furnell, McEwing and T Thomas were noted.

12.

Minutes Of The Previous Meeting (Including Matters Arising) pdf icon PDF 55 KB

To approve and sign as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 20 July 2018 and to deal with any matters arising.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 20 July 2018 be approved and signed as a correct record.

13.

HACKNEY CARRIAGE LICENCES – UNMET DEMAND SURVEY pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Report of Service Director - Transactions and Universal Services detailing the findings of the Hackney Carriage Unmet Demand survey and seeking approval to retain the current numerical restriction on hackney carriage licences.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of the Service Director Transactions and Universal Services seeking approval to retain the current numerical restriction on hackney carriage licences.

 

Clive Johnson, Radio Taxis Drivers’ Association, Ian Hall, Southampton Hackney Association and GMB Union, Perry McMillan, Unite Union and Phil Bates, Licensing Manager were present and with the consent of the Chair addressed the meeting.

 

RESOLVED that the current numerical restriction on hackney carriages be retained.

14.

PRIVATE HIRE KNOWLEDGE TEST pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Report of Service Director - Transactions and Universal Services reviewing the change of the knowledge test for new private hire drivers and seeking approval for the continuance of the current test for new private hire drivers.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of the Service Director Transactions and Universal Services seeking approval to continue with the current content of the test for new private hire drivers.

 

Clive Johnson, Radio Taxis Drivers’ Association, Ian Hall, Southampton Hackney Association and GMB Union, Perry McMillan, Unite Union and Phil Bates, Licensing Manager were present and with the consent of the Chair addressed the meeting.

 

The current test had been introduced in January 2018 with the agreement that a review would take place after one year.  The Committee noted the balance between discouraging drivers (as had happened in the past due to the test being more challenging) and encouraging out of town drivers who do not have cameras in their vehicles and may not know the topography of the area as well as local drivers.

 

A motion was proposed and it was agreed to amend the Recommendation as follows:  To review the process again in another year and to review the test at that time in relation to drivers’ location knowledge. 

 

RESOLVED that the current test content continue subject to the process being reviewed again after one year including the element relating to drivers’ location knowledge.