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Taxi Licensing - Basic In Association with Button Training Ltd. 5th March 2019 The Council Chamber, Harlow Council, The Water Gardens, College Square, Harlow CM20 1WG Home Counties
Members Fee: £155.00 + VAT
Non-Members Fee: £205.00 + VAT




This one day course provides an outline of the taxi and private hire licensing regime and the role and functions of the licensing authority. The course will provide an excellent overview for new practitioners or as a refresher for established practitioners. The course will be suitable for licensing authority officers, councillors, police officers and taxi licensees.

The course will take account of current Best Practice Guidance and any revisions to it, as well as emerging statutory Guidance (s177), official reports, current and recent consultations and all relevant case law.

The trainer will be James Button, Button Training Ltd.
The IoL accredits this course for 4 hours CPD (Course Ref: TLB42006)
Full Agenda (subject to change)
09.45 Registration and Tea/Coffee

10.00 Taxi Licensing Decision Making
• Policy
• Licensing Committee
• Human Rights
• Reasonableness
• Reasons
• Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 – Implications for Taxis
• Law and Guidance
• Fees
• Appeals

11.00 Tea/Coffee

11.30 Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers
• Hackney Carriage Drivers
• Criteria for Grant
• Conditions & Byelaws
• Suspension & Revocation inc immediate suspensions

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Hackney Carriage Vehicles

• Hackney Carriage Vehicles
• Conditions
• Numbers of Hackney Carriage
• Plying for Hire
• Ranks
• Fares
• Equality Act 2010
• Suspension & Revocation

14.30 Tea/Coffee

15.00 Private Hire Operators and Vehicles
• Private Hire Operators
• Provision for Booking’s
• Vehicles and Drivers
• Conditions
• Exempted Hirings
• S75(1)(b) repeal
• Courtesy cars
• Suspension & Revocation
• Private Hire Vehicles
• Conditions
• Stretched Limousines
• Meters
• Roof Signs
• Suspension & Revocation

16.00 End

You will see from the options below, that delegates can attend as a day delegate on a single day to all four days or as a residential delegate staying in the hotel on single days or multiple days. Select which apply to you to view the fees involved.

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Taxi Licensing - Basic Attachments

Taxi Basic Programme Feb 19.pdf

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Event Trainer

James Button
James Button is a solicitor and Principal of James Button & Co., Solicitors, a niche practice, now in its 23rd year. The firm advises local authorities and NHS bodies, undertakes advocacy, advises committees and provides training for Officers and Members. In addition, they act for Licensees and Applicants.
His current expertise lies in the areas of licensing (including Taxis, Licensing Act 2003, Gambling Act 2005 etc), environmental health, public health, criminal investigations and prosecutions and human rights and other local authority and health sector related matters.
He was articled at South Tyneside MBC in South Shields, then spent some years at Manchester City Council before setting up the Public Health Legal Information Unit for the Department of Health.
He read Law at Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham, and sat his Law Society Finals at The Polytechnic of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
He has written four editions of “Button on Taxis: Licensing Law and Practice” (Bloomsbury Professional 2017). As part of the work of the Public Health Legal Information Unit he wrote the text book "Communicable Disease Control - A Practical Guide to the Law for Health and Local Authorities in England and Wales" (Department of Health 1994) and has contributed to other works, including “Know Your Rights” (Readers Digest 1997), “Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Control” edited by Norman Noah and Mary O’Mahony (Wiley 1997), “Health Services Law and Practice” edited by Maggie Bloom, Dr Andrew Harris and Sheila Waddington (Butterworths 2001) and “The Concise Guide to Licensing” by Ian Webster, Jeffrey Leib and James Button (LGS-UK 2007). He writes a regular column on Taxi matters for the “Journal of Licensing” and is a Consulting Editor for “Licensing Review”.
In 1996 he was a founder member of the Local Government Licensing Forum, and was Chair from its creation until 2003, when it became the Institute of Licensing. He was made President of IoL in 2004 and Companion in 2012.

Jim Button was an excellent trainer. The content was delivered in an enthusiastic and informative way. I would have no hesitation as to recommend Jim as a trainer


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