private hire and hackney carriage driver`s knowledge test revision

private hire and hackney carriage driver`s knowledge test revision
PRIVATE HIRE AND HACKNEY
CARRIAGE DRIVER’S
KNOWLEDGE TEST
REVISION GUIDE
CONTENTS:
The knowledge test consists of the following 4 sections:Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Local area
Highway Code
Highway Code – road signs
Policy and law
The pass rate is 70% (7 out of 10) in each section
This revision guide sets out areas of Pendle and you should
have a good knowledge of the locations before sitting the
test.
Revision areas:-
Page(s)
Pendle area
3
Private Hire Driver’s Conditions
5-8
Private Hire Vehicle Conditions
9 - 14
Hackney Carriage Byelaws
15 - 20
Hackney Carriage Conditions
21 - 25
Notes on the Equalities Act 2010
27
Seat belts and Child Restraints
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You should also have a sound knowledge of the Highway
Code and various road signs.
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You should learn these locations/routes and know what
street/road they are on as a selection of these will be part of
the knowledge test.
Nelson and surrounding areas
Ace Centre
Banker’s Draft
Bombay Lounge
Booths Supermarket
Co-op Supermarket, Brierfield
Cross Gaites Inn
Fence Gate
Four Alls
George & Dragon
Nelson Cricket Club
Nelson Golf Club (Club House)
Nelson Health Centre
Oaks Hotel
Pendle Community Hospital
Pendle Inn
Pendle Vale Community High School
Pendle Wavelengths
Rising Sun
Shooters Arms
Spice of India
Spinning Mill
Thatch & Thistle
Turners
White Bear
White Swan
Ye Old Sparrow Hawk
Zio’s Restaurant
Lamb Working Men’s Club
Lidl Supermarket
Lord Nelson
Marsden Heights Community High
School
Marsden Park Golf Course (Club House)
Moorcock Inn
Morrisons Supermarket
Colne and surrounding areas
Aldi Supermarket
Alma Inn
Asda Supermarket
Banny’s Fish & Chip Restaurant
Boundary Mill
Café Cargo
Carlos’ Restaurant
Colne British Legion Club
Colne Cricket & Bowling Club
Colne Health Centre
Colne Municipal Hall
Colne Primet High School
Crown Hotel
Duke of Lancaster (formerly known as
Shepherds Arms)
Fishermore High School
Green Chimney
Ivy Palace
Langroyd
Four Elephants
Morris Dancers
Park High School
Pendle Hippodrome Theatre
Red Lion
Sainsburys Supermarket
Union Exchange
Venue
Wallace Hartley
Barnoldswick and Earby
Madras
Cross Keys
Jade Palace
Jesters Restaurant
Barnoldswick Civic Hall
Old Stone Trough
Punch Bowl
Rolls Royce Leisure Club
West Craven High School
Burnley and surrounding areas
Blackburn Royal Hospital
Burnley College
Manchester Airport
Burnley General Hospital
Burnley Mechanics Theatre
Inn on the Wharf
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PRIVATE
HIRE
DRIVER’S
LICENCE
CONDITIONS
TOWN HALL,
MARKET STREET,
NELSON,
LANCASHIRE.
BB9 7LG
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CONDITIONS FOR PRIVATE HIRE DRIVERS
You must at all times comply with the provisions of Part 11 of the Local
Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.
PRIVATE HIRE DRIVER’S LICENCE CONDITIONS OF APPLICATION
Before a driver’s licence is granted the applicant must:1. Complete and submit to the Council an application in the form prescribed
by the Council along with:(a) one recent passport sized photograph
(b) your current driving licence
(c) a medical certificate from your own GP
(d) a completed Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure form
2. Pay the licence fee.
3. Satisfy the Council that
(a) you are a fit and proper person to hold a licence
(b) you have passed the Council’s knowledge test, and
(c) you have, for the past twelve months, held a driver’s licence (not being a
provisional licence) authorising you to drive a motor car.
CONDITIONS OF LICENCE
4. Licence and change of address
You must not assign or in any way part with the licence which is issued to you only.
You must notify the Council in writing of any change of address within seven days.
5. Convictions
You must inform the Council of any convictions, whether motoring or other offence,
within seven days.
6. Prohibition of plying for hire
The driver shall not while driving or in charge of a private hire vehicle:(a) tout or solicit on a road or other public place any person to hire or to
be carried for hire in any private hire vehicle; or
(b)
accept an offer for the immediate hire of that vehicle while the driver of that
vehicle is on a road or other public place except where such offer is first
communicated to the licensed operator by telephone or by radio apparatus
fitted to that vehicle.
7. Driving of vehicle
The driver shall not permit any other person to drive a vehicle for hire except with the
consent of the vehicle operator.
8.
Carriage of passengers
(a) The driver shall not convey or permit to be conveyed in a private hire
vehicle a greater number of persons than that prescribed in the licence
for the vehicle.
(b) The driver shall not allow there to be conveyed in the front of a private
hire vehicle:
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(i)
(ii)
any child below the age of ten years; or
more than one person above that age
(c) The driver shall not without the consent of the hirer of a vehicle convey or
permit to be conveyed any other person in that vehicle.
9. Carriage of animals
You shall not convey in a private hire vehicle any animal belonging to or in the
custody of you or the proprietor or operator of the vehicle.
Any animal belonging to or in the custody of any passenger, which at your discretion
may be conveyed in the vehicle, shall only be conveyed in the rear of the vehicle.
You must, if requested, carry guide, hearing and other assistance dogs free of
charge unless you are in possession of a valid exemption certificate.
10. Behaviour etc. of driver
You shall be clean and respectable in your dress and behave in a civil and orderly
manner.
You shall take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of passengers conveyed in,
entering or alighting from the vehicle driven by you.
You shall help your passengers with their luggage.
You shall not, without the express consent of the hirer, drink or eat in the vehicle.
You shall not smoke or allow any passenger to smoke in the vehicle.
You shall not, without the express consent of the hirer, play any radio or sound
reproducing instrument or equipment in the vehicle other than for the purpose of
sending or receiving messages in connection with the operation of the vehicle.
You shall at no time cause or permit the noise emitted by any radio or other
previously mentioned equipment in the vehicle which you are driving to be a source
of nuisance or annoyance to any person either inside or outside the vehicle.
11. Punctual attendance
You shall punctually attend at the appointed time and place, unless delayed or
prevented by sufficient cause.
12. Route
You shall when hired drive to any particular destination, subject to any direction given
by the hirer, by the shortest practicable route.
13. Lost property
You shall immediately after the hiring carefully search the vehicle for any property
which may have been accidentally left there.
14. Badge
You shall at all times when driving a private hire vehicle wear or place in a prominent
position within the vehicle the driver’s badge issued to you by the Council.
15. Return of badge
You shall upon expiry, revocation or suspension of the licence immediately return to
the Council the driver’s badge issued to you.
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16. Vehicle identification plate
You shall not conceal from public view either the exterior or interior identification
plates displaying the private hire vehicle licence number.
17. Taximeter
You shall not wilfully or negligently cause any fare recorded on the taximeter to be
concealed from public view while the vehicle is being used for the purpose of public
hire.
18 Tampering with taximeter
You shall not tamper or permit any other person to tamper with the taximeter or its
fittings, connections or seals after it has been fitted to the vehicle and sealed by an
authorised officer.
19. Amount of fare
You shall not demand a fare in excess of any previously agreed.
20 Receipt for fare
You shall, if requested by the hirer, provide him/her with a written receipt for the fare
paid.
21 Availability of licence conditions
You shall at all times when driving a private hire vehicle carry with you a copy of
these conditions and the byelaws and shall make them available for inspection by the
hirer or any passenger on request.
22 Health
You shall inform the Council without delay about the onset or worsening of any health
condition likely to cause you to be a source of danger to the public either now or in
the future. Temporary conditions, other than recurrent ones, not expected to last
more than three months need not be reported. If you are in any doubt about whether
or not your health condition is one which should be reported you should consult your
doctor.
23 Suspension or revocation of licence
The Council may at any time suspend, for such period as it thinks fit, or revoke this
licence if you are in breach of any of the conditions, byelaws or if you are convicted
of any offence which, in the opinion of the Council, renders you no longer a fit and
proper person to hold the licence.
24 Production of driving licence
You shall, within forty-eight hours of receiving written notice requiring you to do so,
produce to the Council your current Department of Transport driving licence for
inspection.
25 Variation of conditions
The Council may at any time during the period of this licence or upon renewal vary
any condition.
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PRIVATE
HIRE VEHICLE
LICENCE
CONDITIONS
TOWN HALL,
MARKET STREET,
NELSON,
LANCASHIRE.
BB9 7LG
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BOROUGH OF PENDLE
CONDITIONS FOR PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLE LICENCES
You must at all times comply with these conditions and Part ll of the Local
Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.
PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLE LICENCE CONDITIONS OF APPLICATION
Before an application is considered you must
1.
Complete the Council's application form.
2.
Pay the licence fee
3.
Arrange through the Council for the vehicle to be tested at one of the
Council's appointed garages.
4.
Satisfy the Council that the vehicle is in a suitable condition, is both safe and
comfortable for passengers, and suitable in type, size and design for use as a
private hire vehicle and that there is in force a policy of insurance covering it
for private hire use.
The vehicle will be suitable in type, size and design for use as a private hire
vehicle if it is NOT and FX4 vehicle but meets the following specification:
(a)
Be a saloon, estate or minibus capable of seating not less than four
nor more than eight passengers in reasonable comfort and have not
less than three doors through which passengers may enter and leave
the vehicle conveniently, safely and comfortably, and have reasonable
accommodation for luggage;
(b)
Not be a stretch limousine unless it can be shown to the satisfaction of
the Committee by evidence from the manufacturer that the method of
construction has not affected the safety of the vehicle;
(c)
Not be more than seven years old when first licensed and no more
than eleven years old on renewal or if manufactured or adapted to
allow for wheelchair accessibility no more than seven years old when
first licensed and no more than twelve years on renewal.
(d)
Be a right hand drive vehicle;
(e)
Not be of a red or multi coloured;
(f)
Have adequate lighting for the interior of the vehicle and an adequate
heating system for the driver and passengers, with means of control
by the driver;
(g)
Carry a spare wheel and tool kit to change a wheel;
(h)
Carry a suitable fire extinguisher and first aid kit;
(i)
Not convey luggage by means of the roof; and
(j)
Have a clear emergency exit.
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CONDITIONS OF LICENCE
1.
Operators
The Proprietor shall not use or permit the vehicle to be used as a private hire
vehicle unless the vehicle's operator holds a current operator's licence issued
by the Council.
2.
Drivers
The proprietor of a private hire vehicle shall not employ as a driver any
person who does not have a current driver's licence. If the proprietor permits
or employs any other person to drive the vehicle as a private hire vehicle he
shall, before the person commences to drive the vehicle ensure that the driver
holds a current private hire driver's licence issued by the Council and shall
ensure that he continues to hold such a licence during the whole period of
employment.
3.
Identification plates and display of licence number
The plates identifying the vehicle as a private hire vehicle and required to be
exhibited on the vehicle shall be securely fixed to the rear exterior of
the vehicle.
A plate indicating the number of passengers allowed to be carried, as
specified in the licence, the licence number of the vehicle and the expiry date
shall be displayed inside the vehicle so that the information is facing the rear
of the vehicle and is clearly visible to any passengers sitting in any of the
seats.
You shall ensure that the identification plates are maintained and kept in such
a condition that the information is clearly visible to public view at all times.
4.
Licence and return of identification plates
You shall upon expiry, revocation or suspension of this licence, immediately
return to the Council the identification plates issued when granting the
licence.
If an accident to the vehicle makes it unsuitable or unsafe for use as a private
hire vehicle you shall immediately return to the Council the identification
plates issued when granting the licence.
5.
Provision of furnishings, fire extinguisher and first aid kit
You must ensure that:
Sufficient means exist for any person in the vehicle to communicate with the
driver during the course of the hiring.
The seats in the passenger compartment are properly cushioned and
covered.
The floor in the passenger compartment is provided with a proper carpet, mat
or other floor covering.
Facilities for the safe conveyance of luggage is provided and it is protected
from inclement weather.
An efficient fire extinguisher is provided and maintained to the satisfaction of
an authorised officer.
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6.
Use of radio equipment
You shall ensure that any radio equipment fitted in the private hire vehicle
is a fixture which is in a safe place and sound condition and maintained in
proper working order and that any radio microphone installed in the vehicle
shall be fitted in such a position that its use by the driver does not impair his
control of the vehicle when it is in motion.
7.
Maintenance of the vehicle
The vehicle and all its fittings and equipment shall at all times when the
vehicle is in use or available for hire be kept in a safe, tidy and clean condition
and all relevant statutory requirements (including in particular those contained
in the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Regulations) shall be fully
complied with. The vehicle shall comply to the manufacturers specification at
all times.
The vehicle will at all times be subject to test and inspection and should it be
found that a vehicle is not being properly maintained or that any part or fitting
is not in good working order, a notice may be served on you prohibiting the
use of the vehicle until the defect has been remedied.
8.
Alteration of vehicle
No material alteration or change in the specification, design, condition or
appearance of the vehicle shall be made at any time while the licence is in
force without the approval of the Council.
9.
Damage to vehicle
Any damage to a private hire vehicle, however slight shall be reported by you
to the Council within seventy-two hours of the damage taking place and the
Council's accident report form shall be completed in all cases. Until the
damage is repaired to the satisfaction of the Council the vehicle shall not be
used for hire.
10.
Insurance
You shall at the request of any authorised officer produce for inspection the
excise licence and certificate of the policy of insurance or security required by
Part Vl of the Road Traffic Act 1972 and in respect of commercial private hire
in respect of the licensed vehicle.
11.
Carriage of persons and animals
You shall not permit the private hire vehicle to be used to carry more people
than the licence allows.
You shall not permit any person under the age of ten years to be conveyed in
the front of the vehicle.
You shall only allow one person to be conveyed in the front of the vehicle
besides the driver unless the vehicle has dual passenger seats in the front.
You shall not permit any animal to ride in the vehicle except an animal in the
custody or control of the hirer and which shall be conveyed in the rear of the
vehicle.
Any animal belonging to or in the custody of any passenger, which at your
discretion may be conveyed in the vehicle, shall only be conveyed in the rear
of the vehicle.
You must, if requested, carry guide, hearing and other assistance dogs free of
charge unless you are in possession of a valid exemption certificate.
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12.
13.
Vehicles fitted with Taximeter
If the vehicle is fitted with a taximeter, that taximeter should be so
constructed, attached and maintained as to comply with the following:
(a)
The taximeter shall be fitted with a key, flag or other device, the
turning of which shall bring machinery into action and cause the word
"hired" to appear on the face of the taximeter. At no time shall the
words "for hire" be visible on the face of the taximeter.
(b)
Such key, flag, or other device shall be capable of being locked in
such a position that the machinery is not in action and that no fare is
recorded on the face of the taximeter.
(c)
When the machinery is in action there shall be recorded on the face of
the taximeter in clearly legible figures a fare not exceeding the rate or
fare which the operator or driver has agreed with the hirer before
commencing the hiring.
(d)
The word "fare" shall be printed on the face of the taximeter in plain
letters so as clearly to apply to the fare recorded thereon.
(e)
The taximeter shall be so placed that all letters and figures on the face
are at all times plainly visible to any passenger in the vehicle and the
letters and figures shall be capable of being suitably illuminated.
(f)
The taximeter and all fittings shall be so affixed to the vehicle with
seals or other appliances that it shall not be possible for any person
to tamper with them except by breaking, damaging or permanently
displacing them.
Signs, notices, etc.
There shall be displayed on the front nearside and offside doors of the vehicle
a distinctive sign, to the satisfaction of the Council, incorporating only the
operator’s trading name and telephone number, such trading name not to
include the words "taxi" or "cab."
Information relating to a 24 hour service and airport travel, e-mail address/fax
no, the disabled “wheelchair” logo and suitable informative wording about
wheelchair accessible vehicles is allowed on the rear of the vehicle only,
unless otherwise agree in writing by the Council.
The colours of the signage shall be black and white unless otherwise agreed
in writing by the Council and should not exceed 4” in height, unless otherwise
agreed in writing by the Council.
No other signs, lights, advertisements or fittings which might indicate that the
vehicle is a hire vehicle shall be displayed on or from the vehicle.
14.
Change of address
You must inform the Council in writing of any change of address within seven
days.
15.
Transfer of licence
If you wish to transfer the private hire vehicle licence to another person you
must, before such transfer, give notice in writing to the Council within fourteen
days specifying the name and address of the person to whom the hackney
carriage will be transferred. Both parties shall sign the Council's transfer form.
The licence shall be deemed to be revoked if the Council disapproved the
transfer of the licence to that person and the vehicle is or has been
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transferred to him. The Council will only disapprove the transfer of a licence to
a person on the grounds that he is not a fit and proper person to hold the
licence.
16.
Variation of conditions
The Council may at any time during the period of this licence or upon renewal
vary any condition.
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Borough of Pendle
Hackney Carriage
Byelaws
Borough of Pendle
Town Hall
Market Street
Nelson
BB9 7LG
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HACKNEY CARRIAGE BYELAWS
Made under section 68 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847, and section 171 of the
Public Health Act 1875, by Pendle Borough Council with respect to hackney
carriages in Pendle
1.
Interpretation
Throughout these byelaws the Council means Pendle Borough Council and
the district means in the district of Pendle.
Provisions regulating the manner in which the number of each hackney
carriage corresponding with the number of its licence shall be displayed
2.
(a)
The proprietor of a hackney carriage shall cause the number of the
licence granted to him in respect of the carriage to be legibly painted
or marked on the outside and inside of the carriage, or on plates
affixed thereto
(b)
A proprietor or driver of a hackney carriage shall i.
not wilfully or negligently cause or suffer any such number to
be concealed from public view while the carriage is standing or
plying for hire
ii.
not cause or permit the carriage to stand or ply for hire with
any such painting, marking or plate so defaced that any figure
or material particular is illegible.
Provisions regulating how hackney carriages are to be furnished or provided
3.
4.
The proprietor of a hackney carriage shall(a)
provide sufficient means by which any person in the carriage may
communicate with the driver
(b)
cause the roof or covering to be kept water-tight
(c)
provide any necessary windows and a means of opening and closing
not less than one window on each side
(d)
(e)
cause the seats to be properly cushioned or covered
cause the floor to be provided with a proper carpet, mat, or other
suitable covering
(f)
cause the fittings and furniture generally to be kept in a clean
condition, well maintained and in every way fit for public service
(g)
provide means for securing luggage if the carriage is so constructed
as to carry luggage
(h)
provide an efficient fire extinguisher which shall be carried in such a
position as to be readily available or use
(i)
provide at least two doors for the use of persons conveyed in such
carriage and a separate means of ingress and egress for the driver
The proprietor of a hackney carriage shall cause any taximeter with which the
carriage is provided to be so constructed, attached, and maintained as to
comply with the following requirements, that is to say –
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(a)
the taximeter shall be fitted with a key, flag, or other device the turning
of which will bring the machinery of the taximeter into action and
cause the word 'HIRED' to appear on the face of the taximeter
(b)
such key, flag, or other device shall be capable of being locked in
such a position that the machinery of the taximeter is not in action and
that no fare is recorded on the face of the taximeter
(c)
when the machinery of the taximeter is in action there shall be
recorded on the face of the taximeter in clearly legible figures, a fare
not exceeding the rate or fare which the proprietor or driver is entitled
to demand and take for the hire of the carriage by time as well as for
distance in pursuance of the tariff fixed by the Council
(d)
the word 'FARE' shall be printed on the face of the taximeter in plain
letters so as clearly to apply to the fare recorded thereon
(e)
the taximeter shall be so placed that all letters and figures on the face
thereof are at all times plainly visible to any person being conveyed in
the carriage, and for that purpose the letters and figures shall be
capable of being suitably illuminated during any period of hiring
(f)
the taximeter and all the fittings thereof shall be so affixed to the
carriage with seals or other appliances that it shall not be practicable
for any person to tamper with them except by breaking, damaging or
permanently displacing the seals or other appliances
Provisions regulating the conduct of the proprietors and drivers of hackney
carriages plying within the district in their several employments, and
determining whether such drivers shall wear any and what badges
5.
The driver of a hackney carriage provided with a taximeter shall –
(a)
when standing or plying for hire, keep the key, flag or other device
fitted in pursuance of the byelaw in that behalf locked in the position in
which no fare is recorded on the face of the taximeter
(b)
before beginning a journey for which a fare is charged for distance
and time, bring the machinery of the taximeter into action by moving
the said key, flag or other device, so that the word 'HIRED' is legible
on the face of the taximeter and keep the machinery
of the taximeter in action until the termination of the hiring
(c)
cause the dial of the taximeter to be kept properly illuminated
throughout any part of a hiring which is during the hours of darkness
as defined for the purposes of the Road Traffic Act
1972, and also at any other time at the request of the hirer.
6.
A proprietor or driver of a hackney carriage shall not tamper with or permit
any person to tamper with any taximeter with which the carriage is provided,
with the fittings thereof, or with the seals affixed thereto.
7.
The driver of a hackney carriage shall, when plying for hire in any street and
not actually hired –
(a)
proceed with reasonable speed to one of the stands appointed by the
Council
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(b)
if a stand, at the time of his arrival, is occupied by the full number of
carriages authorised to occupy it, proceed to another stand
(c)
on arriving at a stand not already occupied by the full number of
carriages authorised to occupy it, station the carriage immediately
behind the carriage or carriages on the stand and so as to face in the
same direction
(d)
from time to time when any other carriage immediately in front is
driven off or moved forward cause his carriage to be moved forward
so as to fill the place previously occupied by the carriage driven off or
moved forward.
8.
A proprietor or driver of a hackney carriage, when standing or plying for hire,
shall not, by calling out or otherwise, importune any person to hire such
carriage and shall not make use of the services of any other person for the
purpose.
9.
The driver of a hackney carriage shall behave in a civil and orderly manner
and shall take all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of persons
conveyed in or entering or alighting from the vehicle.
10.
The proprietor or driver of a hackney carriage who has agreed or has been
hired to be in attendance with the carriage at an appointed time and place
shall, unless delayed or prevented by some sufficient cause, punctually
attend with such carriage at such appointed time and place.
11.
The driver of a hackney carriage when hired to drive to any particular
destination shall, subject to any directions given by the hirer, proceed to that
destination by the shortest available route.
12.
A proprietor or driver of a hackney carriage shall not convey or permit to be
conveyed in such carriage any greater number of persons than the number of
persons specified on the plate affixed to the outside of the carriage.
13.
If a badge has been provided by the Council and delivered to the driver of a
hackney carriage he shall, when standing or plying for hire, and when hired,
wear that badge in such a position and manner as to be plainly visible.
14.
The driver of a hackney carriage so constructed as to carry luggage shall,
when requested by any person hiring or seeking to hire the carriage –
(a)
convey a reasonable quantity of luggage
(b)
afford reasonable assistance in loading and unloading
(d) afford reasonable assistance in removing it to or from the entrance of any
building, station, or place at which he may take up or set down such person.
Provisions fixing the rates or fares to be paid for hackney carriages within the
district and securing the due publication of such fares
15.
(a)
The proprietor or driver of a hackney carriage shall be entitled to
demand and take for the hire of the carriage the rate or fare
prescribed by the Council the rate or fare being calculated by distance
unless the hirer express at the commencement of the hiring his desire
to engage by time.
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(b)
16.
(a)
(b)
Provided always that where a hackney carriage furnished with a
taximeter shall be hired by distance the proprietor or driver thereof
shall not be entitled to demand and take a fare greater than that
recorded on the face of the taximeter, save for any extra charges
authorised by the Council which it may not be possible to record on
the face of the taximeter.
The proprietor of a hackney carriage shall cause a statement of the
fares fixed by the Council to be exhibited inside the carriage, in clearly
distinguishable letters and figures.
The proprietor or driver of a hackney carriage bearing a statement of
fares in accordance with this byelaw shall not wilfully or negligently
cause or suffer the letters or figures in the statement to be concealed
or rendered illegible at any time while the carriage is plying or being
used for hire.
Provisions securing the safe custody and re-delivery of any property
accidentally left in hackney carriages and fixing the charges to be made in
respect thereof
17.
The proprietor or driver of a hackney carriage shall immediately after the
termination of any hiring or as soon as practicable thereafter, carefully search
the carriage for any property which may have been accidentally left therein.
18.
The proprietor or driver of a hackney carriage shall, if any property
accidentally left therein by any person who may have been conveyed in the
carriage be found by or handed to him –
(a)
carry it as soon as possible and in any event within 48 hours, if not
sooner claimed by or on behalf of its owner, to a police station in the
district of the Council, and leave it in the custody of the officer in
charge of the office on his giving a receipt for it
(b)
be entitled to receive from any person to whom the property shall be
redelivered an amount equal to five pence in the pound of its
estimated value (or the fare for the distance from the place of finding
to the Police Station, whichever be the greater) but not more than five
pounds.
Penalties
19.
Every person who shall offend against any of these byelaws shall be liable on
summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds and in the
case of a continuing offence to a further fine not exceeding five pounds for
each day during which the offence continues after conviction therefore.
20.
Repeal of Byelaws
The byelaws relating to hackney carriages which were made by Pendle
Borough Council on the 1st day of December 1976 and which were confirmed
by the Secretary of State on the 1st day of December 1976 are hereby
repealed.
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HACKNEY
CARRIAGE
LICENCE
CONDITIONS
TOWN HALL,
MARKET STREET,
NELSON,
LANCASHIRE.
BB9 7LG
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CONDITIONS FOR HACKNEY CARRIAGE LICENCES
You must at all times comply with these conditions and Part II of the Local
Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.
HACKNEY CARRIAGE LICENCE CONDITIONS OF APPLICATION
Before an application is considered you must
1. Complete the Council’s application form.
2. Pay the licence fee.
3. Arrange through the Council for the vehicle to be tested at one of the
Council’s appointed garages.
4. Satisfy the Council that the vehicle is in a suitable condition, is both safe
and comfortable for passengers, and suitable in type, size and design for
use as a hackney carriage and that there is in force a policy of insurance
covering it for public hire.
The vehicle will be suitable in type, size and design for use as a hackney carriage
if it is either an FX4 type vehicle (FX4 type vehicle being an FX4, a metrocab or a
Fairway make of vehicle), or a saloon or estate car with at least four doors and
reasonable accommodation for luggage and capable of seating not less than four
nor more than eight passengers. The vehicle must meet the following
specifications
a) Not be more than seven years old when first licensed and no more than
eleven years old on renewal or if manufactured or adapted to allow for
wheelchair accessibility no more than seven years old when first licensed and
no more than twelve years on renewal.
b) An FX4 type vehicle not more than ten years old when first licensed and no
more than fifteen years old on renewal.
c) Not be a stretch limousine unless it can be shown to the satisfaction of the
Committee by evidence from the manufacturer that the method of
construction has not affected the safety of the vehicle.
d) Be a right hand drive vehicle;
e) A saloon or estate car of red colour approved by the Council;
f)
Have adequate lighting for the interior of the vehicle and an adequate heating
system for the driver and passengers, with means of control by the driver;
g) Carry a spare wheel and tool kit to change a wheel;
h) Carry a suitable fire extinguisher and first aid kit;
i)
Have a clear emergency exit; and
j)
There shall be fixed to the roof of the vehicle a sign to the satisfaction of the
Council being the words “FOR HIRE”. The sign shall be connected to the
taximeter in such a way as to ensure that when the vehicle is standing or
plying for hire the sign is illuminated and when the vehicle is hired and the
taximeter is in operation the sign is not illuminated and not legible.
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CONDITIONS OF LICENCE
1. Drivers
You shall not employ as a driver any person who does not have a current driver’s
licence and a current hackney carriage driver’s licence. You shall retain the hackney
carriage drivers’ licences of all drivers driving your vehicles and produce them to an
authorised officer on request.
2. Identification plates and display of licence number
The plates identifying the vehicle as a hackney carriage and required to be exhibited
on the vehicle shall be securely fixed to the front and rear exterior of the vehicle.
A plate indicating the number of passengers allowed to be carried, as specified in the
Licence, the licence number of the vehicle and the expiry date shall be displayed
inside the vehicle so that the information is facing the rear of the vehicle and is
clearly visible to any passengers sitting in any of the seats.
There shall be displayed within the vehicle a table of fares and charges for the
information of the passengers.
You shall ensure that the identification plates are maintained and kept in such a
condition that the information is clearly visible to public view at all times.
3. Licence and return of identification plates
You shall upon expiry, revocation or suspension of this licence immediately return to
the Council the identification plates issued when granting the licence.
If an accident to the vehicle makes it unsuitable or unsafe for use as a hackney
carriage vehicle you shall immediately return to the Council the identification plates
issued when granting the licence.
4. Provision of furnishings, fire extinguisher and first aid kit
You must ensure that
Sufficient means exist for any person in the vehicle to communicate with the driver
during the course of the hiring.
The seats in the passenger compartment are properly cushioned and covered.
The floor in the passenger compartment is provided with a proper carpet, mat or
other floor covering.
Facilities for the safe conveyance of luggage is provided and it is protected from
inclement weather.
An efficient fire extinguisher is provided and maintained to the satisfaction of an
authorised officer.
5. Use of radio equipment
You shall ensure that any radio equipment fitted in the hackney carriage vehicle is a
fixture which is in a safe place and sound condition and maintained in proper working
order and that any radio microphone installed in the vehicle shall be fitted in such a
position that its use by the driver does not impair his control of the vehicle when it is
in motion.
6. Maintenance of the vehicle
The vehicle and all its fittings and equipment shall at all times when the vehicle is in
use or available for hire be kept in a safe, tidy and clean condition and all relevant
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statutory requirements (including in particular those contained in the Motor Vehicles
(Construction and Use) (Regulations) shall be fully complied with. The vehicle shall
comply to the manufacturers specification at all times.
The vehicle will at all times be subject to test and inspection and should it be found
that a vehicle is not being properly maintained or that any part or fitting is not in good
working order, a notice may be served on you prohibiting the use of the vehicle until
the defect has been remedied.
7. Alteration of vehicle
No material alteration or change in the specification, design, condition or appearance
of the vehicle shall be made at any time while the licence is in force without the
approval of the Council.
8. Damage to vehicle
Any damage to a hackney carriage, however slight, shall be reported by you to the
Council within seventy-two hours of the damage taking place and the Council’s
accident report form shall be completed in all cases. Until the damage is repaired to
the satisfaction of the Council the vehicle shall not be used to ply for hire.
9. Insurance
You shall at the request of any authorised officer produce for inspection the excise
licence and certificate of the policy of insurance or security required by Part VI of the
Road Traffic Act 1972 and in respect of public hire in respect of the licensed vehicle.
10. Carriage of persons and animals
You shall not permit the hackney carriage to be used to carry more people than the
licence allows.
You shall not permit any person under the age of ten years to be conveyed in the
front of the vehicle or any persons whatsoever in the front of a London type cab
.
You shall only allow one person to be conveyed in the front of the vehicle other than
a London type cab.
You shall not convey in a hackney carriage any animal belonging to or in the custody
of you or the proprietor or operator of the vehicle.
Any animal belonging to or in the custody of any passenger, which at your discretion
may be conveyed in the vehicle, shall only be conveyed in the rear of the vehicle.
You must, if requested, carry guide, hearing and other assistance dogs free of
charge unless you are in possession of a valid exemption certificate.
11. Taximeter and fare table
You shall ensure that the vehicle has a dual tariff taximeter so constructed, attached
and maintained as to comply with the following
(a)
The taximeter shall be set to correspond with the fare table displayed in
the vehicle.
(b)
No taximeter shall be used that the Council has not sealed.
(c)
When the taximeter is brought into operation the permitted extras will be
shown legibly on the face and shall be not more than permitted by the
approved fare table.
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(d)
You shall ensure that a copy of the fare table supplied by the Council is
exhibited inside the vehicle at all times and that it is not concealed from
view or rendered illegible.
12. Roof sign
You shall ensure that the hackney carriage is provided with a roof sign of approved
pattern so constructed as to comply with the following requirements
(a)
The sign shall bear the words “FOR HIRE” in plain letters not less than
two inches and not more than four inches in height.
(b)
The sign shall be fixed to the roof in a proper manner and safety wired to
the taximeter.
(c)
The sign shall be capable of being operated so that it indicates clearly and
conveniently to persons outside the vehicle whether or not it is for hire
and it shall also be capable of being illuminated.
13. Signs, notices etc.
The licence number of the vehicle shall be displayed on the front nearside and
offside doors of the vehicle in white four inch numbering either painted or otherwise
affixed in a manner approved by the Council.
The trading name and telephone number of the private hire operator shall be
displayed on the front nearside and offside doors of the vehicle when the vehicle is
carrying out private hire bookings.
No signs, notices, advertisements, plates, marks, numbers, letters, figures, symbols,
emblems or devices shall be displayed on, in or from the vehicle except as may be
required or allowed in writing by the Council.
14. Change of address
You must inform the Council in writing of any change of address within seven days.
15. Transfer of licence
If you wish to transfer the hackney carriage licence to another person you must,
before such transfer, give notice in writing to the Council within fourteen days
specifying the name and address of the person to whom the hackney carriage will be
transferred. Both parties shall sign the Council’s transfer form. The licence shall be
deemed to be revoked if the Council disapproved the transfer of the licence to that
person and the vehicle is or has been transferred to him. The Council will only
disapprove the transfer of a licence to a person on the grounds that he is not a fit and
proper person to hold the licence.
16. Variation of conditions
The Council may at any time during the period of this licence or upon renewal vary
any condition.
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Equality Act 2010 – Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles
Duties to assist passengers in wheelchairs
Sections 165, 166 and 167 of the Act deal with the imposition of duties on the drivers
of wheelchair accessible taxis and private hire vehicles to assist passengers who use
wheelchairs.
Section 165 places duties on drivers of designated wheelchair accessible taxis and
private hire vehicles. Designated vehicles are those listed by the licensing authority
under section 167.
The duties are:
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to carry the passenger while in the wheelchair;
not to make any additional charge for doing so;
if the passenger chooses to sit in a passenger seat to carry the wheelchair;
to take such steps as are necessary to ensure that the passenger is carried in
safety and reasonable comfort and
to give the passenger such mobility assistance as is reasonably required.
Exemptions from the duties – Section 166 allows licensing authorities to exempt
drivers from the duties to assist passengers in wheelchairs if they are satisfied that it
is appropriate to do so on medical grounds or because the driver’s physical condition
makes it impossible or unreasonably difficult for him or her to comply with the duties.
Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs
The duties are:
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to carry the passenger’s dog and allow it to remain with the passenger; and
not to make any additional charge for doing so.
Exemptions from the duties - if the licensing authority is satisfied that it is
appropriate on medical grounds to exempt a person from the duties imposed by this
section, it shall issue him with a certificate of exemption.
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Seat Belt Exemptions - Drivers
You are exempt from the wearing of a seatbelt if you are a driver of:
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a licensed taxi (hackney carriage) while it is being used for seeking hire, or
answering a call for hire, or carrying a passenger for hire, or
a private hire vehicle while it is being used to carry a passenger for hire
Wearing of Seatbelts and Use of Child Seats from September 2006
Child up to 3 years old
rd
Child from 3 birthday
up to 135cms in height
th
(approx 4’ 5”) or 12
birthday whichever they
reach first
Front Seat
Rear Seat
Correct child restraint
must be used
Correct child restraint must be used. If
a restraint is not available in a licensed
taxi/private hire vehicle, the child may
travel unrestrained.
Correct child retraint
must be used
Where seat belts are fitted, the correct
child restraint must be used. The child
must use adult belt if the correct child
restraint is not available as follows:
Who is
responsible
Driver
Driver
In a licensed taxi or private hire
vehicle;or
For a short distance in an unexpected
necessity; or
Two occupied child restraints prevent
fitting of a third.
A child 3 years and over may travel
unrestrained in the rear seat of a
vehicle if seat belts are not fitted in the
rear.
Child over 135cm
(approx 4’ 5”) in height,
or 12 or 13 years old
Seat belt must be worn
if available.
Seat belt must be worn if available
Driver
Passengers aged 14
years old and over
Seat belt must be worn
if available
Seat belt must be worn if available
Passenger
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