Following a cross party working group the Licensing Committee have decided to consult on a proposal to change the frequency of licensed vehicle testing and introduce a new requirement that all new vehicle licences are only issued to vehicles that are less than a certain age. Comments are being sought on different age limits.
Whilst the Council has always aimed to ensure that taxi and private hire vehicles are of a good standard it recognises that the high mileage and general wear and tear sustained by vehicles will have an impact on their continued serviceability over a period of time and also have environmental impacts. Concerns were also raised by Derbyshire Constabulary about the condition of the licensed fleet of vehicles within Derby City identified during routine partnership vehicle inspections.
In addition, environmental protection legislation requires local authorities to review and assess air quality on a regular basis. Where air quality falls below the national standards, the local authority is required to declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and develop a plan which identifies how air quality standards will be improved. In Derby, air quality monitoring has identified that vehicle exhaust emissions are a principal source of air pollution and this has resulted in the creation of an Air Quality Management Area along the major road networks which cross the city. The introduction of proposals will also support air quality concerns.
Michael Kay, Acting Director of Public Protection said:
“We would encourage everyone to respond to this consultation to provide your views on how the Council can address the concerns raised and ensure compliance with air quality. We are committed to ensuring that our taxis and private hire vehicles are safe and suitable and to improving the air quality in Derby.”
A consultation on the proposals is now open on the City Council website The survey is open now and closes at midnight on Friday 27th July.