The Scarborough News reported that a single fee for taxi licences across North Yorkshire is set to be introduced by the county’s new council.
According to the report, plans have been backed to bring together hackney carriage and private hire licensing fees ahead of the launch of a new council covering the whole of North Yorkshire in April.
Currently, the county’s existing seven borough and district councils set their own hackney carriage and private hire licensing fees, however, plans have been supported for a single set of fees that remain consistent across North Yorkshire.
Cllr Derek Bastiman, North Yorkshire County Council’s executive member for open to business, said:
“When someone travels in a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle, it is imperative that they can do so safe in the knowledge that a licence has been issued appropriately with the necessary due diligence and background checks.
“The proposed licence fees ensure we can provide the administration of vehicle and operators’ licences, carry out essential inspections of vehicles so that passengers can continue to travel safely and maintain hackney carriage standards, as well as the enforcement of the licences, without creating an additional cost to the taxpayer.
“With the launch of a single local licensing authority for North Yorkshire, the proposed fees also ensure hackney carriage and private hire licence holders and taxi operators across the county are treated equally, and will hopefully encourage them to continue to invest in and maintain high-quality and safe vehicles.”
The harmonisation of the hackney carriage and private hire licensing fees follows the county council’s decision to adopt a single hackney carriage and private hire taxi licensing policy for the whole of North Yorkshire.