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The council carries out consultation to shape our policies and services, and ensure they meet the needs of our residents. Everyone should have the opportunity to have their say on issues that affect them.

Joint Consultation on Common Standards for Taxi and Private Hire Licensing in Gloucestershire

Licensing Authorities across Gloucestershire have launched a consultation on common licensing standards for taxi and private hire services in the County.

The Department for Transport (DfT) published its Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards in July 2020 with a strong focus to protect all passengers and users of taxis and private hire transport services. In line the DfT guidance, the Licensing Authorities in Gloucestershire have collectively undertaken a review of their hackney carriage and private hire licensing policies and, working together, Gloucestershire’s Licensing Authorities have drafted proposed common licensing standards for the county based on the requirements of the DfT statutory standards.

At the moment, there are six different taxi and private hire licensing policies with each licensing authority setting its own local standards. The consequence is the draft common taxi and private hire licensing standards will mean that the same high standards will apply to anywhere in the county, based on national guidance and best practice to promote public safety, protection and reduce unnecessary bureaucracy for businesses that operate across district boundaries.

The Common Licensing Standards for Licensing Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers in Gloucestershire consultation opens today (13 April 2021) and will be open for twelve weeks to 6 July 2021.

Consultation documents

How to take part

Complete the online survey by using this link: Revised standards feedback
Please give any feedback on each topic if you have any.

What happens next

Once the consultation period is complete, a summary of the responses received will be provided to the Licensing Committee with a final version of the policy for consideration. We will publish the revised policy on our websites.

CCTV

The DfT Statutory Standards also ask that all Licensing Authorities should consult to identify if there are local circumstances which indicate that the installation of CCTV in vehicles would have either a positive or an adverse net effect on the safety of taxi and private hire vehicle users, including children or vulnerable adults, and taking into account potential privacy issues. At this point in time, there is a question to ask your views on mandating CCTV in licensed vehicles and the Council would appreciate your feedback on this subject.

Draft Statement of Licensing Policy

The Council is now consulting on their Draft Statement of Licensing Policy which will come into effect in July 2021. The Council is required to undertake this review every 5 years. The current document has been updated to reflect changes in legislation.

Please make any comments to the changes here by Sunday 9 May 2021.  The licensing team would also be grateful if you could supply your email address (even if not making comments) for them to build up a database for future correspondence.  Please provide this with in the comments link.

BT payphone removal consultation

British Telecom has notified the Council that they would like to remove 6 payphones in the district. The District council is undertaking a consultation on this proposal, any comments you wish to make on the consultation must be received in writing by 28 April 2021. You can send comments by email to localplans@fdean.gov.uk or send them to the postal address marked for the attention of Local Plans.

This consultation process gives local communities the opportunity to adopt a traditional red ‘heritage’ phone box and make them an asset that local people can enjoy. It’s really simple to do and it costs just £1. If this is something the community is interested in, please include as a response to the consultation and the council will pass details on to BT on your behalf. Please be aware that the Forest of Dean District Council are not the determining authority in relation to the removal of payphones by BT, we are being consulted on the proposals.