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New law will affect private hire vehicles

Kevin Snow21st November 2007

Changes in private hire and taxi licensing law will affect a wide range of vehicle operators in Three Rivers.

Limousines, airport travel, chauffeur services, novelty vehicles, executive hire, school run companies and other such operators will have to be licensed for the first time by the District Council by January 2008. Taxis are already licensed by the Council and will be unaffected by the changes.

The new licensing rules enable the Council to carry out safety checks on vehicles and suitability checks on their drivers in the interests of public safety. The changes follow legislation passed by the Government.

Three Rivers District Council’s Licensing Committee Chair, Cllr Pam Hames, said:

“People hiring vehicles will be able to feel more secure in the knowledge that businesses are licensed and the drivers have undertaken Criminal Records Bureau vetting by the Council.”

The legal obligation is upon the vehicle operators to contact Three Rivers District Council and they are urged to do so as soon as possible. Businesses and drivers working whilst not properly licensed could face prosecution, with significant fines and costs.

Not being licensed could invalidate vehicle insurance, so the Council is urging operators to take action to make sure they comply.

More information is available from the Licensing Team at Three Rivers District Council, Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, WD3 1RL  01923 776611 LicensingTeam@threerivers.gov.uk