Agenda and minutes

Licensing and Enforcement Sub Committee - Wednesday, 18th September, 2019 11.30 am

Venue: Blackdown House, Honiton

Contact: Christopher Lane  01395 517544; email:

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Minutes of the meeting held on 28th August 2019 pdf icon PDF 29 KB


The minutes of the meeting of the Licensing & Enforcement Sub Committee held on 28th August 2019 were confirmed and signed as a true record.


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Determination of an application to licence a Private Hire vehicle which does not conform with the Council's vehicle specifications policy with regard to engine capacity pdf icon PDF 40 KB

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Members noted that it was the district council’s current policy that on initial licensing as a private hire, a vehicle must not be less than 1000cc. The policy recognises the positive impact that low and zero emission vehicles have on the environment. Members considered a request to licence a Nissan Leaf with an engine capacity below 1000cc. This was a hybrid electric vehicle with an engine capacity of 0cc and met with the Council’s climate change agenda.


Members noted that it was the intention to change the Private Hire & Taxi Licensing Policy at the October meeting to include reference to Zero Emission electric vehicles with a 0cc engine rating. Bearing in mind that electric only vehicles had a shorter operating range.


RESOLVED that the application to licence a black Nissan Leaf vehicle registration number, WJ19 MHF as a private hire vehicle be approved and an exception be made to the Council’s present policy it was agreed to licence the vehicle.  Being a hybrid electric vehicle it falls outside of the criteria in the policy agreed by Council being below 1000cc engine capacity.