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Taxi Licence Fee Consultation September 2021
The existing fees charges to the taxi trade can be found below. They were set in 2017 and need to be reviewed.
However, it is recognised by Melton Borough Council that the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic has been significant on our taxi trade. Since 2018 the number of vehicles licensed by Melton Borough Council is down by over 30% and the number of drivers is down by 40%.
This consultation is to seek views on proposed amendments to licence fees to remain until
31st March 2023.
Proposed changes
- Melton Borough Council freeze most licence fees (save for those highlighted) at the current rates until 31st March 2023
- Melton Borough Council increases the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to
£51.50 – reflecting the actual current costs to the Council and going forward to be in line with the charge incurred by Melton Borough Council.
- In order to try and generate additional drivers to the trade in Melton, Melton Borough Council will introduce a new one year driver’s licence* at £120
- In order to try and assist the taxi trade in Melton, Melton Borough Council will introduce a
one year renewal driver’s licence* at £105
- In order to try and generate additional drivers to the trade in Melton, Melton Borough Council will introduce a new two year driver’s licence* at £220
- In order to try and assist the taxi trade in Melton, Melton Borough Council will introduce a
two year renewal driver’s licence* at £200

* Drivers will need to declare there is an exceptional reason for granting such a licence
DRAFT 2021-2023
Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Table of Fees (Full)

**those parts highlighted reflect where changes are proposed**


New Applications Cost
Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers Licence (3 years) £318.00
Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers Licence (2years) £220.00
Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers Licence (1 year) £120.00
Hackney Carriage / Private Hire Vehicle Licence (1 year) £104.00
Private Hire Operators Licence (5 years) £845.00
Renewal applications Cost
Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers Licence (3 years) £286.00
Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers Licence (2years) £200.00
Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers Licence (1 year) £105.00
Hackney Carriage / Private Hire Vehicle Licence (1 year) £94.00
Private Hire Operators Licence (5 years) £760.00
Miscellaneous Cost
Replacement Private Hire Door Signs £17.00
Private Hire Door Signs (Magnetic) £22.00
Extra Plates (trailers etc.) £17.00
Replacement Badge £15.50
Replacement Paper Licence £7.00
Replacement internal plate/sticker £15.00
Replacement external plate £22.00
Other Cost
Disclosure and Barring Service Check £51.50
Any objections to the proposed variation can be made in writing to the person/address shown below. Objections must be received no later than 5pm on Friday 19th November 2021. If no objections are received or are received and subsequently withdrawn, the new table of fees will apply from Wednesday 1st December 2021.

If objections are received, they will be considered by the Council before a decision is taken in relation to varying the fees.

A copy of this consultation document will be available by appointment for public inspection without payment at the council offices weekdays between 09:00hrs and 16:00hrs until Friday 19th November 2021.


Melton Borough Council, Parkside, Station Approach, Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1GH.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 11:09 am 
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Rich area pete?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 11:15 am 
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Vehicle licence fees

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Hackney carriage/taxi £177.50
Private hire £122.50
Special events/exemption £137.50
Private hire ops 5 years £265 (no car limit)
Backing plate £8.80
Badge (dual) £270 3 years

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Since 2018 the number of vehicles licensed by Melton Borough Council is down by over 30% and the number of drivers is down by 40%.

Blimey.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 7:11 pm 
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- Melton Borough Council increases the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to
£51.50 – reflecting the actual current costs to the Council and going forward to be in line with the charge incurred by Melton Borough Council.

It's £13 a year for drivers via the online check, which now has to be undertaken twice a year.

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* Drivers will need to declare there is an exceptional reason for granting such a licence

Really, I mean really? #-o

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Our DBS check is £44.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:29 am 
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Sussex wrote:
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- Melton Borough Council increases the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to
£51.50 – reflecting the actual current costs to the Council and going forward to be in line with the charge incurred by Melton Borough Council.

It's £13 a year for drivers via the online check, which now has to be undertaken twice a year.

The £51.50 is for new applications and for people who for what ever reason require a new DBS. We have to subscribe to the update service after we have had the first DBS.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:32 am 
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Our DBS check is £44.

Because our Council require so few DBS checks per year they are not able to apply for them directly and have to used the services of a 3rd party and the third party charge £7,50 for this service. I would have thought that our Council would join forces with a bigger authority for such a service but I don't suppose they thought of that.

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I recently paid over £50 for a DBS check using a third party and it was money well spent.

Ticked a few boxes online, printed off a sheet of paper, took a couple of documents into the post office and that was that.

Really could not have been easier.

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Sussex wrote:
I recently paid over £50 for a DBS check using a third party and it was money well spent.

Ticked a few boxes online, printed off a sheet of paper, took a couple of documents into the post office and that was that.

Really could not have been easier.


We cant use 3rd parties

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wannabeeahack wrote:
Sussex wrote:
I recently paid over £50 for a DBS check using a third party and it was money well spent.

Ticked a few boxes online, printed off a sheet of paper, took a couple of documents into the post office and that was that.

Really could not have been easier.


We cant use 3rd parties

It is the Council that apply for ours but they use a 3rd party to do it.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:28 pm 
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We cant use 3rd parties

The council uses a 3rd party as it is so easy. And they must do over a thousand a year this way.

But once the initial check is done then they check via the online process.

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