Hackney carriage (taxi) and private hire work is legislated for under the Town Police Clauses Act 1847  (TPCA) and Part II of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976  (LG(MP)A). The TPCA deals solely with hackney carriages, whilst the LG(MP)A legislates for both.

Safety partition screens in private hire vehicles

It is a requirement that the holder of a Private Hire Vehicle Licence must not alter or change the specification, design, or condition or appearance of a vehicle without the approval of the council, this includes the installation of a safety partition screen. Following a number of enquiries, we have produced the guidance entitled 'Guidelines for Private Hire Vehicle Safety Partition Screens' . This guidance provides some very useful information to those considering installing a screen and explains the process that must be followed in order to obtain approval.

Conditions and byelaws

On 14 June 2010, after extensive consultation with the hackney carriage and private hire community, as well as, various other stakeholders, Chichester District Council's Licensing & Enforcement Committee approved a set of conditions to be attached to the appropriate licences issued in relation to hackney carriage and private hire work.  The conditions must be complied with at all times, failure to do so could result in legal action being instigated if there is sufficient evidence and it is deemed to be in the public interest to prosecute.

Conditions relating to the construction of a hackney carriage

Historically hackney carriage vehicles operating in the Chichester District had to comply with the London Conditions of Fitness. One of the criteria related to the required turning circle, which only a very small proportion of makes and models could satisfy and therefore restricted the options available to hackney carriage drivers.

On 15 November 2011, the Licensing & Enforcement Committee resolved that a review of the existing Conditions of Fitness for Licensed Hackney Carriage Vehicles be undertaken. After extensive consultation with hackney carriage drivers, members of the public and other stakeholders a revised set of conditions were presented to the Licensing & Enforcement Committee on 13 November 2012. The Committee approved departing from the London Conditions of Fitness and recommended to Full Council that the newly revised conditions be adopted, which they duly did on 11 December 2012. A copy of these conditions appear in the relevant section.