Agenda and draft minutes

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Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Chorley

Contact: Philippa Braithwaite  Email: philippa.braithwaite@chorley.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

20.L.116

Declarations of Any Interests

Members are reminded of their responsibility to declare any pecuniary interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda.

 

If you have a pecuniary interest you must withdraw from the meeting. Normally you should leave the room before the business starts to be discussed. You do, however, have the same right to speak as a member of the public and may remain in the room to enable you to exercise that right and then leave immediately. In either case you must not seek to improperly influence a decision on the matter.

Minutes:

There were no declarations.

20.L.117

Public Questions

Members of the public who have requested the opportunity to ask a question(s) on an item on the agenda will be asked to put their question(s) to the Committee.  Each member of the public will be allowed to ask one supplementary question within his/her allocated 3 minutes. 

 

https://democracy.chorley.gov.uk/documents/s67429/Appendix%203%20Standing%20Orders%20Aug%2016.pdf

Minutes:

There were no public questions received.

20.L.118

Minutes of meeting Wednesday, 13 November 2019 of Licensing and Public Safety Committee pdf icon PDF 281 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Licensing and Public Safety Committee held on Wednesday, 13 November 2019 be confirmed as a correct record for signature by the Chair.

20.L.119

Minutes of the General Licensing Sub-Committees pdf icon PDF 280 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the General Licensing Sub-Committees held on 6 November, 4 December 2019 and 5 February 2020 be confirmed as a correct record.

20.L.120

Minutes of the Licensing Act 2003 Sub-Committees pdf icon PDF 276 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Licensing Act 2003 Sub-Committee held on 13 December 2019 be confirmed as a correct record.

20.L.121

Implementation of the Equality Act 2010 in relation to Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles pdf icon PDF 192 KB

Report of the Director of Customer and Digital.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Nathan Howson, Enforcement Team Leader (Licensing), presented a report of the Director (Customer and Digital) requesting approval to go out to formal consultation on proposals regarding the implementation of a designated list of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) under the provisions of the Equality Act 2020, an amendment to the conditions on vehicle types to enable rear wheelchair access for private hire vehicles, and minor policy changes to improve the application process for taxi licensing.

 

Members discussed the report, noting that exemptions to the duties placed on drivers of designated wheelchair accessible taxis and PHVs would only be given to drivers with medical or physical conditions or disabilities which made it unreasonably difficult for them to provide the sort of physical assistance required. Members were advised that the natural turnover of drivers made it unlikely that the majority of WAV drivers would hold exemptions.

 

Members discussed the availability of taxis during peak times (i.e. during the school run) and it was noted that different business models were used at different authorities to provide WAVs when required. The Chair advised that discussions with the trade at Licensing Liaison Panel meetings had highlighted financial difficulties for drivers undertaking WAV journeys and that the proposals in this report (i.e. allowing rear access for Private Hire vehicles) sought to address these. Members agreed this was a positive move forward as the demand for WAV journeys was increasing.

 

RESOLVED - That the Licensing and Public Safety Committee agree:

1.    The approach to consultation;

2.    The decision to report responses to the consultation back to Committee for approval, and/or authorisation by a delegated officer, is made by the Chair of the Committee in consultation with a delegated officer;

3.    That a delegated officer may grant and/or refuse applications for an Exemption from the duties under the Act;

4.    To update the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy once changes are approved.

20.L.122

Support Provided for Licensing Applications

Verbal item raised by the Chair.

Minutes:

The Chair advised that he had been made aware of failures by applicants to disclose relevant information because of difficulties in reading, understanding, and completing the paperwork involved.

 

Members discussed the issue and agreed that some wording should be included to demonstrate that assistance was available but that the onus should still be on the applicant to request the Council for this. It was agreed that the availability of assistance should be consistent for all residents accessing services, and noted that the current Customer Charter stated that “If you have a particular requirement, or need support in accessing our services, we will do all that we can to ensure that you receive this.” This Charter was in the process of being reviewed and the Committee’s concerns would be included.

 

RESOLVED – That wording be added to Licensing applications clarifying that assistance could be given to applicants in certain circumstances upon request.