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VEHICLE TEST – IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Environmental Management has requested that you arrive at the
vehicle test station 10 minutes prior to your appointment time; this
will assist them to prove the relevant paperwork thus avoiding
unnecessary delays.
Environmental Management will not test ANY vehicle that does
not arrive at their specified appointment time.
It has been brought to our attention that the interior and exterior of
vehicles are not being kept in a clean condition. Environmental
Management have requested that the vehicles be washed before
being presented for testing.
Environmental Management reserve the right to refuse to test
the vehicle if presented in an unsatisfactory appearance. A fee
would be payable to re-book for the re-test on this occasion.
Please take your registration document (log book) with you, and if
you have a current MOT certificate you must present it at the test
station prior to the commencement of the MOT test.
The location of the vehicle test station is;
Environmental Management
Green Lane, Heywood, OL10 2DY
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Intended Use Policy for the Licensing of Hackney Carriages Adopted by Cabinet
Committee on 05/10/2015
Reasons for Policy:
The Council wishes to ensure that applications for the granting of hackney carriage licences
are determined in accordance with the aim of maintaining the safety of the public through
having safe vehicles, fit and proper drivers and appropriate conditions of hire. This is best
achieved through a licensing regime that can be applied and enforced by the local Licensing
Authority as described by the High Court in its judgement and the declaration made in the
case of Newcastle City Council v Berwick upon Tweed Council [2008].
Applications for the New Grant and Renewal of a Hackney Carriage Licence:
Applicants for new hackney carriage vehicle proprietor licences and renewals of licences
shall be expected to demonstrate a bona fide intention to ply for hire within the local
authority area of the Borough of Rochdale under the terms of the licence for which
application is being made.
Each application will be decided on its merits. However, there will be a presumption that
applicants who do not intend to entirely or predominantly ply for hire within the local
authority area of the Borough of Rochdale, will not be granted a hackney carriagevehicle
licence authorising them to do so.
Even where the applicant intends to ply for hire, to a material extent, in the Borough of
Rochdale local authority area, if the intention is also to trade in another authority’s area for a
substantial amount of time (and it appears that the purpose of the legislation and public
safety will be frustrated) then, subject to the merits of the particular application, there will be
a presumption that the application will be refused.
All applicants will be expected to complete an intended use declaration as part of the
application process.
Transfer of Ownership of Hackney Carriage:
The transferee of a licensed hackney carriage shall be asked to inform the Authority
whether they have a bona fide intention to ply for hire within the Borough of Rochdale local
authority area. Transferees should note the obligation under Section 73 of the Local
Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 to give to an Authorised Officer,
information which may reasonably be required by him/her for the purpose of carrying out
his/her functions under the legislation.
Transferees of existing licences shall be expected to have a bona fide intention to ply for
hire with the Borough of Rochdale local authority area under the terms of the licence in
respect of the vehicle being transferred.
Where the transferee of a licensed hackney carriage is found to have no intention to ply for
hire, to a material extent, within the Borough of Rochdale local authority area and/or intends
to trade in another local authority area also for a substantial amount of time (and it appears
that the purpose of the legislation and public safety will be frustrated) then, subject to the
merits of the particular case, consideration will be given (either at renewal or earlier) to the
suspension or revocation of the licence. Where the transferee proposes to operate remotely
from the Borough of Rochdale, there will be a presumption that his licence will be revoked.
Each case will be decided on its merits.
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Change of Vehicle When a Proprietor replaces a Licensed Vehicle:
Applicants seeking the granting of a hackney carriage vehicle proprietor’s licence for a
vehicle intended to replace another licensed vehicle shall be asked to inform the authority of
their intended use of the vehicle. There will be a presumption that applicants who no longer
intend to ply for hire, to a material extent, within the Borough of Rochdale will not have the
new licence granted. Even where the applicant intends to ply for hire to a material extent in
the Borough of Rochdale, but the intention is also to trade in another local authority area for
a substantial amount of time (and it appears that the purpose of the legislation and public
safety will be frustrated) then, subject to the merits of the particular case, there will be a
presumption that the application will be refused.
Revocation or Suspension of Licence:
Where a licence has been granted under the terms that the applicant intends to ply for hire,
to a material extent, within the Borough of Rochdale but is subsequently found not to be
plying for hire, to a material extent, in the Borough of Rochdale and/or to be trading in
another local authority area for a substantial amount of time (and it appears that the
purpose of the legislation and public safety will be frustrated) then, there will be a
presumption that the licence will be reviewed by the Authority which could lead to the
suspension or revocation of that licence. Each case will be decided on its own merits.
Exceptional Circumstances:
Each application will be decided on its merits. However, the presumptions that intended use
is to ply for hire, to a material extent, within Borough of Rochdale will be rebuttable in
exceptional circumstances. Whilst it is neither possible nor prudent to draw up a list of what
might amount to exceptional circumstances, an applicant who claims that exceptional
circumstances exist, will be expected to be able to satisfy the Authority, at a Licensing
Panel, that it would not frustrate the purposes of the legislation or compromise public safety
if the licence were granted, renewed or if it were not suspended or revoked as the case may
be.
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Requirement
Detail
Vehicle Type
London type Cab ( for example FX4 Metro
Scammell etc) Any wheelchair accessible
vehicles which fall within M1 categorisation.
Four Door Saloon with suitable boot capacity
minimum capacity of
18 cubic feet
Five Door Hatchback Fitted with parcel shelf
Estate Luggage guard / a security blind between
rear seat and luggage area
Minibus/MPV must be wheelchair accessible.
Mercedes M8
Peugeot Premier
Peugeot E7
Citroen Berlingo Multispace
Colour of Vehicle
London type Cabs and Minibus/MPV vehicles
must be black
Saloon/Hatchback/Estate vehicles must be white
Engine Capacity
Minimum of 1600 c.c.
Rear Seat Dimensions
There must be a minimum of 48 inches 400mm
(16 inches) of seat available per person as laid
down by current legislation; rear seat belts to be
provided for all passengers.
Age of Vehicle
No current age restriction
Fare Meters
Must be set in accordance with the regulated fare
as set down by the council and complied with in
accordance with the Hackney Carriage Byelaws.
Roof Signs
The sign must be an Illuminated sign with a
minimum size of 36 inches long.
Tinted Windows
If your vehicle has tinted windows please see
admin staff so an assessment of the vehicle can
be arranged
Over 100 series vehicle
There is an age restriction applied to these
vehicles, that is, upon grant of n
ew licence the
vehicle age has to be less than 5 years old. Any
subsequent change of vehicle will only be
approved if the age of the proposed new vehicle
does not exceed the age of the previously licensed
approved vehicle at that material time
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Privacy Notice (how we use your information);
Rochdale Borough Council, as the Licensing Authority, collects and records the personal
data that you provide in this form, along with any supporting documentation, in order to
process your licence application to regulate private hire and hackney carriage licensing
activities within the Borough. Appropriate measures are in place to protect your personal
data. We may share your information with other Council Services and organisations that can
support our work. The Licensing Authority is also required by law to share the data with
Defra so that Defra can create a database to support the operation of charging clean air
zones by local authorities or other air quality plans. The full Privacy Notice provides
information about your rights under current data protection legislation and details what will
happen to your personal data, can be found on the Council’s website at
www.rochdale.gov.uk/privacy
NOTES FOR GUIDANCE FOR HACKNEY CARRIAGE VEHICLES
First Applications/Renewals
There are three stages to this application;
STAGE 1
You will need to
1. Complete the application form
2. Produce a log book (or new keeper slip alongside a bill of sale)
3. Pay the fee of £339.00
4. Produce valid insurance for the vehicle
NOTE the insurance must be in the name of the proprietor(s)
5. Produce proof of road tax
If your vehicle has tinted windows you must notify the admin staff prior to booking
in your vehicle for test
Please Note: Original documents MUST be produced at every application submitted.
STAGE 2
A receipt will be issued and a vehicle test appointment will be made
NOTE: If you fail to keep this appointment without giving 48 working hours’ notice an
additional fee of £62.00 will be charged. This appointment is unique to the vehicle that has
been booked in.
Appointment cannot be transferred onto another vehicle without giving 5 working days’
notice to the Licensing Service. Consideration will only be given to Transfer applications in
your name.
STAGE 3
When you have returned your pass sheet and previous plate (if applicable) to this office, a
variable information plate and paper licence will be issued to you (provided that you have
supplied all the necessary paperwork prior to attending).
If your vehicle fails the test, you will be issued with the relevant documentation at the
Test Station which will outline the reasons why. If the failure is due to MOT
standards, you will be issued with a ‘Refusal MOT test Certificate’ which again
outlines the reason for the refusal (there is important information on the reverse side
of this document which should be read).
You must inform the Licensing Service and complete a Change of Ownership
application if you sell your vehicle
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NEIGHBOURHOODS
Mark Widdup
Director of Neighbourhoods
PUBLIC PROTECTION SERVICE
Floor 3, Number One Riverside,
Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU
Tel: (01706) 924114
Fax: 0844 332 0324
Email:lic.applications@rochdale.gov.uk
Web site: www.rochdale.gov.uk
APPLICATION TO LICENCE A HACKNEY CARRIAGE VEHICLE
DETAILS OF VEHICLE
(a) Plate Number
(b) Registration Number
(c) Make
(d) Model
(e) Colour
(f) Year of Manufacture
(g) Engine Size
(h) Number of Doors
(i) Seating Capacity as insured (excluding driver)
(j) Which private hire firm do you operate from
Full / Part time
(k) Does your vehicle have tinted windows? Yes/No
DETAILS OF METER
(l) Make
(m) Model
(n) Serial Number
(o) Have you changed your meter within the last 12 months? Yes/No
(p) If yes where was it calibrated
ADVERTISEMENTS
(q) Does the vehicle display any advertisements? Yes/No
(r) If yes, have they been approved by the Licensing Manager? Yes/No
(s) If yes, what is the design and the measurements_______________________
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NAME AND ADDRESS OF PROPRIETOR / PART PROPRIETOR(S)
PROPRIETOR(S)
NAME
HOME ADDRESS
TEL No
D.O.B
EMAIL ADDRESS
NATIONAL INS. NO
DECLARATION
I/We wish to apply for a licence to use the above for use as a Hackney Carriage vehicle.
I/We declare that information I have given on this form is true, and to the best of my
knowledge is correct.
APPLICANTS SHOULD NOTE THAT TO MAKE A FALSE DECLARATION IS A SERIOUS OFFENCE
I/We will comply with any conditions, which may be attached to this licence.
I/We declare that if this application is granted the council or its Authorised Officers may
disclose to any person who claims to have been a party to an accident involving this
vehicle details as to its proprietorship and insurance.
I have read the Privacy Notice and accept its contents
DECLARATION FOR THE INTENDED USE OF HACKNEY CARRIAGES
I/we have been advised that, in carrying out its functions under section 37 of the Town
Police Clauses Act 1847 and section 57(1) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous
Provisions) Act 1976, the Council expects applicants for Hackney Carriage vehicle
licences to demonstrate a bona fide intention to ply for hire within the administrative area
of the Council.
I/we hereby declare that it is my intention that the vehicle licensed by me will be used
entirely and/or predominantly in the Borough of Rochdale and I understand that
should this not be the case either at the date hereof or at any time thereafter, the
Council may suspend, revoke or refuse to renew the licence under Section 60(1)(c)
Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.
Signed Date
Signed Date
Signed Date
OFFICE USE ONLY
Receiving Officer
Receipt No & date
Insurance
Documents
£339.00 fee Debit/Credit Yes/No
Log Book
V62
Receipt
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ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Customer Notice
In the interests of safety, and to ensure quality standards are
maintained, vehicles presented for test at Green Lane test station
will be randomly selected for quality control checks after the initial
test has taken place. If your vehicle is selected, the checks to be
conducted will take approximately 15 minutes.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Thank you in anticipation of your continuing support to ensure we
are able to maintain the quality standards expected from the vehicle
test facility at Green Lane, Heywood.
Transport and Fleet Services Manager
Environmental Management
Green Lane
Heywood
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