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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2023 9:39 pm 
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DfT Best Practice Guidance 2023 press release

DfT Best Practice Guidance 2023

Model Bylaws and other ancillary documents

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2023 12:25 pm 
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Not had time to read it all but this makes sense

8.18 Emergency equipment
The Highway Code advises that should a vehicle catch fire, the occupants should get out of the vehicle quickly and to a safe place and not to attempt to extinguish a fire in the engine compartment, as opening the bonnet will make the fire flare. The National Fire Chief Council (NFCC) recommends that licensing authorities that require fire extinguishers to be provided in vehicles, should ensure that suitable and sufficient training is received by the drivers.

The NFCC’s advice is that if a licensing authority elects not to require drivers to undertake training on the safe way to tackle a vehicle fire, vehicles should not be required to carry fire extinguishers and drivers advised to get out and stay out of the vehicle and call 999, rather than attempting to firefight.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2023 6:02 pm 
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Not had time to read it all but this makes sense

8.18 Emergency equipment
The Highway Code advises that should a vehicle catch fire, the occupants should get out of the vehicle quickly and to a safe place and not to attempt to extinguish a fire in the engine compartment, as opening the bonnet will make the fire flare. The National Fire Chief Council (NFCC) recommends that licensing authorities that require fire extinguishers to be provided in vehicles, should ensure that suitable and sufficient training is received by the drivers.

The NFCC’s advice is that if a licensing authority elects not to require drivers to undertake training on the safe way to tackle a vehicle fire, vehicles should not be required to carry fire extinguishers and drivers advised to get out and stay out of the vehicle and call 999, rather than attempting to firefight.

Our Council removed the fire extinguisher requirement a while ago following my campaign. however Leicestershire Counct Council, who are not a licensing authority still have it in their contract terms for school contracts that we must carry one. dispite my asking on several occasions for this to be removed and also asking when the policy was last reviewed and if they have asked the NFCC the policy has not changed and they refuse to answer my question of when it was last reviewed.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2023 7:09 pm 
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This little nugget has got me scratching my head.

6.12 Intended use policies in respect of taxi drivers

Holders of taxi licences are permitted to carry pre-booked fares anywhere in England and Wales, reflecting that taxi drivers may carry passengers beyond the boundary of their licensing authority, the ‘compellable area’, and seek a return fare to avoid additional miles without a fare. We are aware that a number of licensing authorities have introduced a taxi ‘intended use’ policy when considering licence applications aimed at reducing the number of taxis working predominantly to carry prebooked fares in other areas rather than plying for hire in their licensed area.

Licensing authorities should require an applicant for a taxi driver licence to declare that they intend to work predominately within the licensing authority’s area. The residential address provided by the application should be considered in assessing the likelihood of this declaration being adhered to when assessing an application for a taxi driver licence.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2023 2:25 am 
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In that a 'declaration of intent' means SFA and couldn't be enforced in the real world ? I'd agree.

The law is different in Scotland, but this 2016 case related to an operator licensed for one council area found to be taking (excessive) work in another council area. The licence was refused.

https://www.scottishlegal.com/articles/ ... or-finding

Proving it required the police to examine the booking records.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2023 9:41 pm 
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Licensing authorities should require an applicant for a taxi driver licence to declare that they intend to work predominately within the licensing authority’s area.

Not going to comment on the broad thrust of what's being said above, but the mere fact that the words 'work predominately' appear in a DfT taxi/PH document speaks volumes IMO, and bodes well for the future

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