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Hackney Carriage vehicles will still be available to take you to and from the supermarkets and to any appointments that you have booked.

To book a Hackney Carriage, please use the following contact numbers:

01744 608844 - C&R Travel

01744 778277 - Taxi Call

01744 644644 - Halo Taxis

01744 22222 - A1 Taxis

07930 251689 - Wilshaw Travel

 

 

The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) offer the facility to update your DBS online for a fee of £13 a year. Sign up to the service here.

You will need to have your original certificate to hand and will need to register within 19 days from the date that the certificate was printed.

By signing up to the service, it will allow us to process your renewal application faster as we will not need to wait for your DBS certificate to be posted back to you.

You will need to keep your original DBS certificate and produce this to us every time your DBS check is due. 

You are encouraged to use this facility as it is not only more cost-effective but also a much quicker process for your renewal.

At the meeting of the Licensing and Environmental Protection Committee on 12 December 2018, members agreed to the following amendments to the Taxi Licensing Policy with immediate effect:

Tinted Windows on Licensed Vehicles

Adoption of the DVLA standard for window tint on vehicles, which is: on motor vehicles first used on or after 1 April 1985, the light transmitted through the windscreen must be at least 75%. The front side windows or the 'A-Pillar' for the driver must allow at least 70% of light to be transmitted through them. There are no rules governing the tinting of passenger or rear windows.

The only exceptions to this are the 'manufacturer's standard'. This is when a vehicle comes off the production line with the tint already installed. There are a number of these vehicles now available, particularly of the people carrier type. The tint cannot be modified in any way and the vehicle proprietor has to provide certificated proof that the vehicle was produced in that manner. If this can be achieved, then these vehicles will also licensed.

Operator Door Signage

St.Helens Licensing Authority will now allow the use of magnetic door signage for operators. This is optional as you may retain the adhesive signage but magnetic is now permitted. Licensed drivers may now also remove the door signage from the licensed vehicle if the vehicle is 'not working'. Plates and window signage must remain in place at all times. The door signage must be reinstated before the licensed vehicle and driver undertake any work.

First Aid Kit and Fire Extinguisher

This is now removed as a mandatory condition from vehicle policy.

Update on training availability:

13 November 2019 at 12.45pm

18 December 2019 at 12.45pm

22 January 2020 at 12.45pm

Email taxilicensing@sthelens.gov.uk to book your training or phone 01744 675822.

Mandatory Safeguarding Training for Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers and Private Hire Operators.

Ravenhead Road is classed as a 'BOAT' – see definition below.

Driving on byways

Driving on a byway may be tough going for some vehicles but it is not 'off road'. Anyone driving on a byway must comply with the Road Traffic Act (i.e. display a number plate, have road tax, third party insurance, and a driving licence correct for the type of vehicle). Drivers must obey the rules of the road, giving way to pedestrians and horse riders.

What is a public right of way?

A public right of way is a route which anyone has the right to pass along without hindrance or obstruction. In law, public rights of way are highways which are subject to the same legal protection as any other public highway. Public rights of way are classified according to the type of use which is permitted on them:

  • Public footpath – a way for use only by walkers.
  • Public bridleway – a way for use by walkers, horses and cycles. 
  • Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT) – a way which carries vehicular rights but which is used mainly by walkers, horses and cycles.
  • Restricted Byway – a way for use by walkers, horses and cycles, as well as non-mechanically propelled vehicles.

Ravenhead Road is a legal right of way but is owned by Pilkington. It could be assumed that as the road carries vehicular rights then it is the same as driving on the public highway; however, to be absolutely sure it is suggested that any driver who is concerned about this should check with their own insurance provider.

Please see the poster below in regards to criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults.

The poster is from County Lines and is provided by the Home Office.

Operators are encouraged to print the poster and display it in your operating offices.

County Lines, Home Office Poster

If you would like further information on criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults, please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-exploitation-of-children-and-vulnerable-adults-county-lines