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West Suffolk Council Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Conditions Policy Handbook consultation

In line with the creation of a single West Suffolk Council in April 2019, a new licensing handbook was produced that brought together the previous requirements of the two predecessor licensing authorities - Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Following consultation, almost all sections of these predecessor policies were aligned except for some requirements relating to vehicle age, livery, time elapsed following convictions and other minor changes. It was agreed that these should be addressed in more depth following the creation of West Suffolk Council.

We are now seeking views and feedback on the changes proposed in order to create a comprehensive single West Suffolk policy, through a survey. Find out more and take part.

If you want to run a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle business, you will need to apply for the appropriate licence from the licensing authority you wish to operate in. If you do not know who that is, visit Gov.UK, find your local council Separate licences will be required for vehicles, drivers and operating companies.

The purpose of licensing is to ensure the safety of the public, by checking that the drivers are fit and proper, and that the vehicles they drive are safe, suitable and reliable.

If you are renewing your vehicle licence and looking to upgrade your existing licensed vehicle to electric, you may be eligible to a grant. Please read this leaflet Business Energy Efficiency Anglia (BEE Anglia) to see if you meet the criteria.

Find out more:

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