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Review of our Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy

We are reviewing our Taxi Policy and want your views on the proposed changes.


Our Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy (taxi policy) was approved in 2016 and amended in 2018. 

We review the policy at least every five years and makes such revisions as it considers appropriate at any other times.

What we are proposing

Local residents, businesses and visitors to County Durham are invited to share their views on the taxi policy. We have launched a public consultation over proposed changes to the way taxis and private hire vehicles are licensed and operated.

The key aim is to ensure the safety and welfare of the public, encourage environmental sustainability, and ensure efficient taxi and private hire services in County Durham.

This policy has been revised in line with the Department for Transport's recently published 'Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards'. The department expects their recommendations to be followed unless there is a compelling local reason not to do so.

We are proposing the following changes to our policy:

Further information

Have your say

The closing date for comments is midnight on Sunday 29 November 2020.

What happens next

Your replies will be reviewed and any amendments to the draft policy will be made. It will then go to our General Licensing and Registration Committee (GLRC), and then to our full Council meeting. Any changes will be adopted by April 2021.

Contact us
03000 261 016
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • PO Box 617
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9HZ
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