Nottinghamshire Councils Join Forces To Tackle Rogue Taxis

Nottinghamshire Councils Join Forces To Tackle Rogue Taxis

09/05/18 Broxtowe, Nottingham City, Gedling, Rushcliffe, Bassetlaw, and Newark & Sherwood have all signed the ‘Cross Border Enforcement Protocol.’

In a first for the region, it will give officers from each council the ability to check, challenge and enforce against each other’s licensed private hire vehicles and hackney cabs.

The agreement follows concerns that private hire drivers are illegally operating across different areas without the fare being ‘pre-booked’ – a criminal offence known as illegally plying for hire. Under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, private hire taxis cannot be hailed in the street and councils are urging to people to ensure they travel safely by pre-booking through a reputable firm or using a licensed hackney cab.

As well as a criminal offence, the act of plying can also leave the driver and passengers uninsured. There are a number of other offences, behaviours and standards officers will be looking out for.

The Chair of Broxtowe Borough Council’s Licensing and Appeals Committee, Councillor Derek Burnett BEM, said: “The joint protocol will allow officers to work across council boundaries in respect of enforcement activity. This will strengthen the partnership working which already exists and help ensure the relevant standards are met with the aim of maintaining public safety.”

Under the protocol, officers will be able to check vehicle standards and remove its licence if they believe it poses a risk. They will also be able to check the driver’s identity and ensure they are operating legitimately.

An increased number of joint operations will now start as the joint effort seeks to catch those who put the public at risk.

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