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Policy Private hire vehicle, operator and driver licensing policy

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2. Vehicle licence conditions

  1. The proprietor of a private hire vehicle shall:
    1. Provide sufficient means by which any person in the carriage may communicate with the driver
    2. Cause the roof or covering to be kept water-tight
    3. Provide any necessary windows and a means of opening and closing not less than one window by passengers on each side
    4. Cause the seats to be properly cushioned or cover
    5. Cause the floor to be provided with a proper carpet, mat or other suitable covering
    6. Cause the fittings and furniture generally to be kept in a clean condition, well maintained and in every way fit for public service
    7. Provide means of securing luggage if the vehicle is so constructed as to carry luggage
    8. Provide and maintain in the vehicle, at all times when in use or available for hire, a suitable and efficient fire extinguisher and a suitable first-aid kit containing appropriate first-aid dressings and appliances. Such equipment shall be carried in such a position as to be readily visible, clearly marked and available for immediate use in an emergency.
  2. Insurance cover in accordance with Part VI of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and a Department of Transport certificate, if appropriate, as to the condition of the vehicle must be maintained in respect of the vehicle and evidence thereof produced to an authorised officer on demand. We may carry out a check of the vehicle at any time.
  3. The plate supplied by us identifying it as a private hire vehicle and indicating the licence number and passenger seating capacity of the vehicle shall be affixed on the outside of the vehicle, on, immediately above or below the rear bumper and shall be kept clean and clearly visible at all times.
  4. Advertising is allowed on the outside front doors of the vehicles, below the level of the bottom of the windows, but such measurements may not exceed 70 cm x 35 cm in size. Only one advertisement shall be displayed on each door.
  5. Notification of transfer of ownership shall be given to us in writing within 14 days of transfer.
  6. The licence is not transferable to any other vehicle and relates exclusively to the vehicle in respect of which it is issued.
  7. All accidents materially affecting safety, performance or appearance of a vehicle or comfort and convenience of passengers, shall be notified in writing to us by the proprietor within seventy-two hours.
  8. The licence may be revoked or suspended if the licence holder fails to produce a vehicle for inspection when required to do so by us in accordance with the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 or fails to supply within the time specified, information of the address at which the vehicle is kept.
  9. The licensee shall notify us in writing of any change of address within seven days.
  10. Each private hire vehicle shall be licensed for a period of up to 12 months ending on 31 May each year, unless the licence is suspended or revoked.
  11. The vehicle shall only be driven by a appropriately licensed and insured driver (this includes for social, domestic and pleasure purposes).
  12. The proprietor shall within seven days disclose to the us in writing details of any convictions imposed on him (and if the proprietor is a company or partnership, or any of the directors, the secretary or partners) during the period of the licence.
  13. No radio communication system fitted or carried in the vehicle shall be used by any person whether directly or indirectly for the purpose of making any contract for carriage in that or any other vehicle.
  14. There shall be no signs on the roof.
  15. Except in the case of vehicles currently licensed as a hackney carriage by East Devon District Council within the district of East Devon or some part thereof, no use shall be made of the words 'Taxi', 'Cab', 'Kab' or any phonetically or visually similar words or names on the car or on any advertisements attached thereto. The names of all private hire firms must be agreed by us before a licence is issued.
  16. No use shall be made of 'for hire' signs, nor illuminated or self-adhesive letters to that effect in or on the vehicle.
  17. The proprietor shall cause to be clearly marked and maintained inside the vehicle in such a position as to be visible at all times to persons conveyed therein the words 'private hire vehicle', the number of the licence and passenger seating capacity prescribed in the licence.
  18. The vehicle shall not be of such design and appearance as to lead persons to believe it to be a hackney carriage.
  19. Vehicles licensed for the first time from 1 March 2004 by us as private hire vehicles must be right hand drive.