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Consultation on changes to our Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy

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


Following consultation on the review of the policy in 2020, our Licensing Committee accepted the proposed changes. Before it is adopted by us, we are seeking your views again on the draft policy. This further consultation is taking place to allow for further responses that may result from or reflect the effects of the Covid pandemic on the taxi trade and the travelling public.

The  Icon for pdf Draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy 2021-2026 (June 2022) (PDF, 417.4kb) details our requirements and expectations for licensed drivers, vehicles, and operators. Most of the policy has not changed from the previous version, however some significant changes are proposed and are detailed below.

Proposed changes to the policy

We are proposing the following changes to our policy:

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The deadline for comments was midnight on Sunday 17 July 2022.

What happens next

Responses to the proposed changes will be reported to our Licensing Committee and a final policy document will be published.

Changes to Department of Transport Guidance (DfT)

The DfT are carrying out a national consultation on best practice guidance, and will announce their results later in 2022. They have advised us to implement the Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards as soon as possible, following our consultations, as they do not expect their consultation to affect the Standards.

However, we will be in a better position to know if another consultation exercise is required when the best practice guidance is published.

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Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • PO Box 617
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9HZ
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