Licensing news

Review of taxi fares

In accordance with the requirements of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, the Highland Council is reviewing the maximum level of charges for the hire of Taxis or Private Hire Cars fitted with Taxi Meters.

Proposed change

The public are invited to submit written representations about these proposals. Please send these to the Principal Solicitor (Regulatory Services), Highland Council, Council Offices, High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9QN or  email by Tuesday 10 January 2017.

Representations received will be considered by the Highland Licensing Committee on 7 February 2017 before the new tariff is agreed.

Immigration Act

Under the provisions of the Immigration Act 2016 which come into force on 1 December 2016, the Council will be unable, from that date, to grant a taxi driver or private hire car (PHC) driver licence unless a face-to-face check has first been made to verify that, as at 1 December 2016, the applicant is not disqualified by reason of his or her immigration status from driving a taxi or private hire car.

This means that all applicants for taxi or PHC driver licences, including UK passport holders, will require to attend their nearest licensing office in person with original documents (passport or other acceptable documents) demonstrating that they have the right to work in the UK.

Licensing staff will require to check the validity of the original documents in the presence of the applicant before the licence can be issued.  The Council is required by law to retain copies of these documents.

This checking process is required for all current new applications and renewal applications. A further document check will only be required at subsequent renewal where the applicant’s immigration permission to work in the UK is time-limited.

A list of documents which can be accepted for these “right to a licence” checks can be found by clicking here.

Please note that this checking process under the Immigration Act 2016 is in addition to the criminal history check which the Council carries out with Police Scotland for each applicant to determine the applicant’s fitness to hold a licence.

Taxi and Private Hire Car Inspection Fees

Operators require to pay the £95 inspection fee plus an additional amount of £19 VAT (£114 in total).

For combined inspections (Council Test and MOT) the fee will be £134 (as no VAT is paid on the MOT element.) Operators may request a VAT receipt from the Council for this payment.

Taxi and PHC Sub Group Meetings 2016

  • 14 September 11 am, Chambers, Wick Town Hall, Bridge Street, Wick, KW1 4AJ
  • 21 September 11 am, Council Offices, Lochaber House, High Street, Fort William, PH33 6EL
  • 20 October 11 am, Council Chamber, Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX
  • 25 October 2 pm, Committe Room 1, Council Offices, High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9QN

Taxi Sub Group Agenda - September, October 2016

Taxi Sub Group Briefing Note - September, October 2016

These are not public meetings but they are open for any taxi or PHC licence holder to attend.

Public Entertainment – Extension of Licensing Resolution

The Highland Licensing Committee have agreed to vary its existing resolution relating to the activities which are licensed under public entertainment. Read the advert which details changes.

These changes will take effect from 1 January 2017 and we will consider applications for licences for any of the new activities from 3 March 2016.

Applications can be made online or forms are also available from appropriate Council Offices and all Service Points.

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