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you need to know about becoming a hackney carriage - Wrexham

    PRIVATE HIRE/HACKNEY

    CARRIAGES DRIVER’S LICENCES

    ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

    ABOUT BECOMING A HACKNEY

    CARRIAGE/PRIVATE HIRE DRIVER IN

    THE COUNTY BOROUGH OF

    WREXHAM

    To become a driver you will need to get a licence from the Council. The licence is issued under an Act of Parliament called the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 and is referred to as a DRIVER’S LICENCE. To get a driver’s licence the Council have to determine whether or not you are a “fit and proper person” under the terms of the Act. This involves a series

    of tests and checks being carried out with various organisations so that the Council can determine your application fairly and consistently.

    Application forms can be obtained from the Transport Depot, Abbey Road South, Wrexham Industrial Estate, Wrexham, LL13 9PW.

The application procedure is as follows:

To apply for a Private Hire / Hackney Carriage Driver’s Licence you must undertake the following:

    1. Be at least 18 years of age and have held either a full British or European (EC or EEA)

    Driving Licence for at least One Year.

    2. Complete the appropriate application form and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) vetting

    form. Both forms should be submitted together. Applicants who do not hold British

    Citizenship must provide evidence of criminal record checks from their country of

    origin/previous residency.

    3. Undergo a Group 2 Medical examination by your doctor, the cost of which will be borne

    by yourself. This should be undertaken when you have confirmation from the

    department that your application has been approved. The Council will supply you with

    the Group 2 Medical Form. Note Applicants with Epilepsy or Complete Loss of

    Vision in an Eye will not be able to meet the Group 2 Medical Standard. Insulin

    Diabetics will be required to meet the DVLA’s current Qualifying Conditions.

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    4. The “Knowledge Test” is designed to confirm that you have a good working knowledge

    of the area, of working conditions as set by the Council, of traffic regulations and the

    ability to read, write and converse in English. This test will last half an hour and will

    comprise of 30 questions. You must answer 25 of those questions correctly in order to

    pass. To assist you however, you will have prior information regarding the actual

    questions.

     Should you fail; a retest can be arranged on payment of a fee. If English is not your first

    language, Yale College, Wrexham conduct English courses and these may assist you in

    preparation for a retest, their telephone number is 01978 311794.

     Residency Permits & Work Permits -

     Applicants from Outside the European Economic Area (EEA)

     Applicants who hold citizenship in countries which are outside the

     European Economic Area must produce a Valid Residency Permit and a

     Valid Work Permit when submitting their applications. Applications

     without a Valid Residency Permit and a Valid Work Permit cannot be

     considered.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE CHECKS HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT AND THE TESTS

    SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED?

    Whilst the checks are being carried out by the Licensing Office, The Council will determine your application and undergo such enquiries which are deemed necessary. If further information is required in order to complete your application you will be notified. Upon satisfactory completion you will be issued with your Drivers Licence and your Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers Badge, this is normally on the day of the “Knowledge Test”.

When submitting your Application Form together with the CRB Form you will need to produce

    the following Original Documentation (Copies not acceptable) in person:

    UK DVLA Driving Licence - (Full, held for a minimum of 12 months, and with current address.) Both “Photo Card” and “Counterpart” paper section must

     be produced.

    ; Current Passport

    ; UK Birth Certificate or EU Identity Card or UK Residency Permit

    ; Proof of National Insurance Number e.g. P45/P60 etc

    ; Proof of current address (utility bill etc.)

    ; 2 No. Colour Passport Size Photographs

    ; The appropriate fee

    We will always aim to deal with your application as quickly as we can, but because we are reliant on other organisations providing us with information the process can sometimes take longer than expected. Apart from in exceptional circumstances we will attempt to determine all applications within six weeks of receipt of the application. It should be noted however that in general an application will not be accepted until all relevant paperwork and CRB fee has been received.

    Your Licence must be issued within one month of your application being approved. Once you have received your badge you are licensed to drive either a Private Hire Car or a Hackney Carriage in the County Borough of Wrexham. (Subject to which test you have passed) These vehicles must be licensed by Wrexham Council, although the vehicle you drive does not necessarily have to be owned by you. Along with your badge you will receive a paper licence, which any Operator with whom you are to work will wish to see. Your first badge will last for approximately 12 months after which, on payment of a fee, you may renew it on an annual basis. You will receive a reminder for renewal around four weeks prior to expiry. It is important to note however that it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that your badge is renewed on time.

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    An application to renew a licence will not be accepted more than one calendar month following the expiry of a licence.

    Any applications made after that time will be treated as a new application and you will need to go through the same procedure as that specified for the grant of a new licence.

    The application fee is a single fee that covers the whole of your application and is broken down into separate parts for administration and accountancy purposes only. The fee is non-refundable.

HELP AND ADVICE

We are always willing to give advice regarding licensing. You can call into

    Abbey Road Depot (Licensing Administration) 01978 729600

    Or the Licensing Enforcement Section 01978 292049, Public Protection Offices, Ruthin Road, Wrexham, LL13 7TY.

    Staff are normally available between 8.30 am 4.00 pm Monday to Friday.

Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver’s Knowledge Test

    In order to ensure that all applicants for a driver’s licence are conversant with the area in which

    they will be mainly operating, and what drivers can and cannot do according to the regulations and conditions, each applicant is required to sit and pass an oral knowledge test. In order to assist applicants to prepare for the knowledge test a series of 100 questions have been set and included in this pack. You will be asked 30 questions of which you must correctly answer 25. Each applicant will be expected to learn, and research any of the answers which are not known. This pack also includes the conditions on which some of the questions are based. The remainder of the questions will be the location of Hospitals, Hotels and Public Houses, driving theory questions and the shortest route between two points. There will also be multiple choice questions on the Wrexham area, drivers and vehicle conditions. All the answers to the questions asked can be obtained from an A-Z street map, the telephone directory and the Conditions for Private Hire / Hackney Carriage Drivers and Vehicles.

    If you fail the test, you may try again as often as you wish on payment of a fee for each attempt.

    List of 100 questions from which each applicant will be required to answer at least 25 out of 30.

    The list includes questions on the Private Hire / Hackney Carriage Drivers and Vehicle Conditions, the Highway Code and location questions of areas in Wrexham and the surrounding districts. There will also be two questions asked on simple arithmetic.

    1. What must be displayed inside the front windscreen of a Private Hire Vehicle? 2. On what street is Crown Buildings?

    A) Ruabon Road. B) Regent Street. C) High Street. D) Chester Street.

    3. What is the minimum number of doors a Private Hire Vehicle must have?

    4. You are the owner of a Private Hire Vehicle, according to Vehicle Conditions who may drive that vehicle?

    5. Where is Whitegate Industrial Estate?

    6. Private Hire Drivers Conditions lists activities a driver should not do whilst working as a hire car driver, name three.

    7. Where is the Cunliffe Public House?

    A) Jeffreys Road B) Holt Road C) Hightown Road D) Bradley Road

    8. What official item must you wear whilst working as a Private Hire Driver? 9. Where is the War Memorial Club?

    10. As a driver are you obliged to provide a receipt for the fare?

    11. Where is the Greyhound Public House?

    12. What must you do if you change your Private Hire Operator?

    13. Where is the Acton Park Hotel?

    A) Rhosddu Road. B) Chester Road. C) Mold Road. D) New Road

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    14. What should a Hackney Carriage / Private hire Driver do if they find any property not

    belonging to them in the vehicle?

    15. Where is the Yale Private Hospital?

    A) Bellevue Road. B) Crispin Lane C) Croesnewydd Road D) Maesgwyn Road

    16. Where is the North Wales Tennis Centre?

    17. If a driver is convicted or cautioned for a criminal offence, what should they do and when

    should they do it?

    18. Where is Wrexham Magistrates Court?

    A) Market Street B) Queens Square C) Rhosddu Road D) Bodhyfryd

    19. What do the drivers conditions say about passenger luggage?

    20. Where in Gresford is the Plough Public House?

    21. What should a driver do immediately after, or as soon as possible after the

    termination of the hiring of the vehicle and why?

    22. According to Drivers Conditions, what things should a driver NOT do without the express

    consent of the hirer?

    23. Where is Mecca Bingo?

    A) Mount Street, B) Bridge Street C) Crescent Road D) Penybryn

    24. On which road is Wrexham Football Ground?

    25. What should a driver do when they change address?

    26. Where is the Wrexham General Station?

    27. What is the maximum number of passengers that a Private Hire Vehicle can carry? 28. What is the shortest route from Tesco Store to Walnut Tree Public House? 29. One of the Driver Conditions relates to the driver of a private hire vehicle being in attendance

    at an appointed time and place. What should they do?

    30. Where is Wrexham Golf Club?

    31. On which road will you find the Wrexham Bus Station?

    32. Driver Conditions in relation to fare-meters, what must a driver comply with regarding the fare

    meter?

    33. In which Wrexham District will you find Kronospan?

    34. What should you do if you receive a fixed penalty notice?

    35. On what road is the Oak Tree Public House?

    36. When driving what must you not do when there are solid white lines in the centre of the road? 37. What is the shortest route from Newi College to the Wrexham Library?

    38. In relation to radios and sound producing equipment in Private Hire Vehicles states what do

    the Driver Conditions state you should not permit to happen?

    39. What do the vehicle conditions say about the use of trailers?

    40. What do the Driver Conditions state in relation to the displaying of an identification card? 41. On which retail shopping park will you find 'Argos'?

    42. According to Drivers Conditions, whose consent do you need before another person may be

    conveyed in a Private Hire Vehicle?

    43. Where is the Sports Centre in Caia Park?

    44. Where is the Wrexham Maelor Hospital?

    45. What is the shortest route from Liquid Nightclub to Wrexham Police Station? 46. Where is the Odeon Cinema?

    47. Where is Clays Golf Centre?

    48. According to Vehicle Conditions, what must a driver ensure in relation to the fitting of Private

    Hire Vehicle identification plates?

    49. According to Drivers Conditions, with respect to agreed fares with the hirer, explain what you

    must charge.

    50. Where is the Wrexham Museum?

    51. Is the proprietor or driver of a Private Hire Vehicle permitted to carry any animal belonging to

    them in the vehicle?

    52. Vehicle Licence Conditions relate to the number of passengers that may be carried in a

    licensed hire vehicle, what does it say?

    53. What must you do if your Private Hire Vehicle is damaged?

    54. What two things do the Vehicle Conditions say about conveyance of luggage? 55. Can a sign be fitted to the roof of a Private Hire Vehicle?

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    56. Vehicle Licence Conditions state two things about the vehicles condition, what are they? 57. On which road is the Turf Public House?

    58. In which area of Wrexham would you find a racecourse for horses?

    59. Vehicle Licence Conditions mentions two items of equipment the vehicle's proprietor must

    provide, what are they?

    60. Can a Private Hire Vehicle display the words 'For Hire'?

    61. How many wheels must a Private Hire Vehicle have?

    62. Do the Vehicle Licence Conditions allow a Private Hire Vehicle to be transferred to another

    person during the continuance of the licence period?

    63. Where should the fare meter be positioned in the hire car?

    64. What two requirements must the proprietor of a licensed hire vehicle comply with regarding

    passenger seating?

    65. What can be displayed on the front and rear windscreen of a Private Hire Vehicle? 66. Can a Private Hire Vehicle have a roof box fitted?

    67. On what road is the main Cemetery in Wrexham?

    68. Can advertisements be placed on Hackney Carriages?

    69. What do the Vehicle Licence Conditions say about fire extinguishers?

    70. Vehicle Conditions relating to radio equipment, what does it say?

    71. On what road is the Hand Hotel in Wrexham?

    72. Is a circular white traffic sign with a red border 'Informative' or 'Prohibitive'? 73. You are driving towards a 'Zebra' crossing where pedestrians are waiting to cross, what

    should you do?

    74. Describe the shortest route between Waterworld and Bellevue Park.

    75. When should you not use your horn?

    76. When may you use your hazard warning lights?

    77. Where is Erddig Hall?

    78. If a potential customer waves at you in your Private Hire Vehicle in the street, you stop and he

    asks you to take him to a club, what should you do?

    79. On which industrial estate would you find Abbey Road, the Council's Testing Centre? 80. Zigzag lines on the approach to a Zebra crossing prevent you from doing two things, what are

    they?

    81. On which road is the Beeches Public House and Hotel?

    82. What is the national speed limit on motorways and dual carriageways for cars? 83. On what occasion are you permitted to stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway? 84. Where is the Ramada Hotel?

    85. Where is the B & Q Warehouse?

    86. Can a 9 year old be carried in the front seat of a hire car?

    87. A Private Hire Vehicle may be licensed to carry a maximum number of passengers excluding

    the driver. How many?

    A) 4. B) 6. C) 8. D) 10.

    88. If you are following a slow moving vehicle along a ONE WAY street, on which side would you

    overtake?

    89. Where is Sainsbury’s Store in Wrexham?

    90. Where is the Red Dragon public house?

    91. What is the name of the main road that would take you from Wrexham to Coedpoeth? 92. Can you park your Private Hire Vehicle on a Hackney Carriage rank?

    93. Where is Wrexham Rugby Club?

    94. Should you overtake a slow moving vehicle on the approach to a hump back bridge? 95. Where is the Wynnstay Hotel in Wrexham?

    96. Where is Yale College?

    97. Who has the right of way when entering a roundabout?

    98. Where is Asda Store?

    99. What items is a private hire vehicle driver obliged to have in the vehicle in case of an

    emergency or injury?

    100. How do you get to Rhos from Wrexham Football Ground? (27/11/2006)

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CRITERIA TO BE USED WHEN DETERMINING A HACKNEY CARRIAGE/PRIVATE HIRE

    DRIVER’S LICENCE

    The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 provides that “spent convictions” as a general rule are not considered in evidence since a rehabilitated person is treated as a person of previous good character. However the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions)(Amendment) Order 2002 specifically makes Private Hire and Hackney Carriages Drivers exceptions to the Act, in that convictions are never considered as spent. This means that all convictions that an applicant has must be recorded on the application form; officers and Members (if the application is to go before the Environmental Licensing Committee) will be entitled to ask questions regarding spent convictions.

    The Authority asks the Criminal Records Bureau to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure Check of applications for Driver’s Licences. This provides the Authority with details of any live and spent convictions, together with any additional information which the Chief Police Officer believes is relevant to the position sought. This additional information may be a complaint or an incident that involved the applicant in question; it need not involve a prosecution or caution.

    The policy of the Council is that applicants with “live” convictions will automatically have their spent convictions put before Committee (together with any other relevant information). Applicants with spent convictions only would only be reported to Committee in the event that the convictions were relevant to public safety or security.

    The information you give will be treated in the strictest confidence and will only be taken into account in relation to your application. You should be aware that the Council is empowered in law to check with the Police (Criminal Records Bureau) for the existence and content of any criminal record held in the name of the applicant. Information received from the Police or the Bureau will be kept in strict confidence whilst the licensing process takes its course and will be retained for no longer than is necessary. A policy statement on the storage, handling, use, retention and disposal of disclosure information is available upon request.

    The disclosure of a criminal record or other information will not necessarily debar you from gaining a licence unless the Council considers that the conviction renders you unsuitable. In making this decision, the Authority will consider the nature of the offence, how long ago and what age you were when it was committed and any other factors that may be relevant. You are advised to consider the following guidelines relating to the relevance of convictions.

Any applicant refused a licence on the grounds that he or she is not a “fit and proper person” to

    hold such a licence has the right of appeal to the Magistrate’s Court within 21 days of the receipt of the decision.

GUIDELINES USED BY ENVIRONMENTAL LICENSING COMMITTEE

    Application will generally only go to Committee if there are recent convictions, i.e. a conviction within the last five years. The guidelines relating to the relevance of convictions to be used by the Committee are listed below, they refer to Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles drivers but the criteria can be applied to Private Hire Operator’s applications as they are in responsible

    positions dealing with public safety and security.

    1. Each case will be decided on its own merits.

    2. A person with a current conviction for serious crime need not be permanently barred from

    obtaining a licence but should be expected to remain free from conviction for 3 to 5 years,

    according to the circumstances, before an application is entertained. Some discretion

    may be appropriate if the offence is isolated and there are mitigating circumstances.

    However, the overriding consideration should be the protection of the public.

    3. The following examples afford a general guide in the action to be taken where convictions

    are admitted.

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    (a) Minor Traffic Offences

    Convictions for minor traffic offences, e.g. obstruction, waiting in a restricted street, speeding etc. should not prevent a person proceeding with an application. If sufficient points have been accrued to require a period of disqualification of the applicant’s driving licence than a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Vehicle

    Driver’s licence may be granted after its restoration but a warning should be issued as future conduct.

    (b) Major Traffic Offences

    An isolated conviction for reckless driving or driving without due care and attention etc. should normally merit a warning as to future driving and advice on the standard expected of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers. More than one conviction for this type of offence within the last two years should merit refusal and no further application should be considered until a period of 1 to 3 years free from convictions has elapsed.

    (c) Drunkenness

    (i) With motor vehicle

    A serious view should be taken of convictions of driving or being in

    charge of a vehicle while under the influences of drink. An isolated

    incident should not necessarily debar an applicant but strict warnings

    should be given as to future behaviour. More than one conviction for

    these offences should raise grave doubts as to the applicant’s fitness to

    hold a licence.

    At least 3 years should elapse (after the restoration of the driving licence)

    before an applicant is considered.

    If there is any suggestion the applicant is an alcoholic, a special medical

    examination should be arranged before the application is entertained. If

    the applicant is found to be an alcoholic a period of 5 years should

    elapse after treatment is complete before a further licence application is

    considered.

    (ii) Not in vehicle

    An isolated conviction for drunkenness need not debar an applicant from

    gaining a licence. However a number of convictions could indicate a

    medical problem necessitating critical examination (see (i) above). In

    some cases, a warning may be sufficient.

    (d) Drugs

     An applicant with a conviction for a drug related offence should be required to show a period of at least 3 years free of convictions before an application is entertained, or 5 years after detoxification treatment if he/she was an addict.

    (e) Indecency Offences

    As Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers often carry unaccompanied passengers, applicants with convictions for indecent exposure, indecent assault, importuning, or any of the more serious sexual offences, should be refused until they can show a substantial period (at least 3 to 5 years) free of such offences. More than one conviction of this kind should preclude consideration for at least 5 years. In either case if a licence is granted a strict warning as to future conduct should be issued.

    (f) Violence

    As Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers maintain close contact with the public, a firm line should be taken with applicants who have convictions for grievous bodily harm, wounding or assault. At least 3 years free of such convictions should be shown before an application is entertained and even then a strict warning should be administered.

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    (g) Dishonesty

    Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers are expected to be persons of trust.

    The widespread practice of delivering unaccompanied property is indicative of

    the trust that business people place in drivers. Moreover, it is comparatively

    easy for a dishonest driver to defraud the public by demanding more than the

    legal fare etc. Overseas visitors can be confused by the change of currency and

    become “fair game” for unscrupulous drivers. For these reasons a serious view

    should be taken of any conviction involving dishonesty. In general, a period of 3

    to 5 years free of conviction should be required before entertaining an

    application.

Laws and Conditions Relating to Drivers

    All Drivers of Hackney Carriages or Private Hire Vehicles must be licensed by the Council and must have held a full driving licence for over 12 months prior to applying.

a) Hackney Carriage Drivers

    Town Police Clauses Act 1847

    Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

    Bylaws

b) Private Hire Vehicle Drivers

    Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

    Licence Conditions

There are no restrictions on the number of licences issued;

    A licence will be issued provided the applicant fulfils all the Councils requirements.

Drivers’ Badges

    When a licence is issued the driver will be provided with a Badge which must be worn at all times whilst driving a Private Hire / Hackney Carriage Vehicle, in a position where it can be clearly visible when driving for hire. Drivers who do not wear their badge will be guilty of an offence. A paper licence is also issued giving details of conditions which all licence holders must adhere to.

Suspension and Revocation

    The Council have the power to suspend, revoke or refuse to renew a driver’s licence if the driver since the grant of the licence has been convicted of an offence under the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 or the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 or for any other reasonable cause.

Plying for Hire

    Applicants for a Private Drivers Licence are advised that it is an offence to ply for hire in a Private Hire Vehicle. All hiring’s must be pre-booked.

Taximeters

    Applicants are advised that it is an offence to tamper with any seal on a taximeter or alter the taximeter with intent to mislead.

OBSTRUCTION OF AUTHORISED OFFICERS AND CONSTABLES

    It is an offence under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 for any person to wilfully obstruct an authorised Officer or Constable acting under the Act, to fail to comply with any requirements of the authorised Officer or Constable or fail to give an authorised Officer or Constable any assistance or information he may reasonably require.

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    EXAMPLE LICENCE

    No ?LicenceNo?

    PRIVATE HIRE DRIVER’S LICENCE

Wrexham council under the provisions of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1976

DO HEREBY LICENCE ?ForeName? ?Surname?

of ?Add1? ?Add2? ?Add3? ?Add4?

    to act as the driver of a Private Hire Vehicle within the County Borough of Wrexham from the date hereof up to and including the ?Expiry? unless previously suspended or revoked, subject to the consent of the Proprietor of such Vehicle and the provisions of the said Act and such statutes, Order, Rules, Regulations and Bylaws as may from time to time be in force for the regulation of Private Hire Vehicles and the Proprietors, Drivers and Operators thereof within the said County Borough, and subject to the conditions specified in the Schedule hereto.

DATED

    For Chief Housing and Public Protection Officer

    SCHEDULE

    CONDITIONS OF LICENCE

    Definitions: In these conditions, except where the context otherwise requires, the following words and expressions shall have the following meanings:-

    “Authorised Officer” means a person authorised by the Chief Housing and Public Protection Officer to carry out duties connected with the issuing of private hire licences and enforcing legislation relating to private hire;

“Chief Housing and Public Protection Officer” means the person appointed to that post in Wrexham

    council;

“Driver” means the person to whom a Private hire Driver’s licence has been issued by the Chief Housing

    and Public Protection Officer;

    “Proprietor” means the person to whom a Private Hire Vehicle licence has been issued by the Chief Housing and Public Protection Officer;

“Operator” means the person to whom this Operator’s licence is issued;

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    “Vehicle” means a vehicle in respect of which the Private Hire Vehicle licence has been issued by the Chief Housing and Public Protection Officer;

1 The driver, whilst acting in accordance with a Private Hire Driver’s licence, shall :

    a) at all times wear the Private Hire Driver’s identification badge issued in accordance with Section 54 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, in such a position and manner as to be plainly and distinctly visible.

    b) display in the Private Hire Vehicle, an identification card, provided by the Local Authority, inside the front windscreen giving driver identification to the inside of the vehicle.

    c) ensure that, in relation to the Vehicle, a policy of insurance or such security as complies with the requirements of Part VI of the Road Traffic Act 1972, is in force and that he/she is adequately insured to drive the Private Hire Vehicle.

    d) at all times behave in a civil and orderly manner and refrain from the use of any offensive language or

    conduct;

    e) at all times whilst carrying passengers be clean and respectable in his/her dress and person; f) afford all reasonable assistance to passengers with their luggage;

    g) at no times whilst carrying fare paying passengers smoke, drink or eat in the Vehicle; h) not without the express consent of the hirer of the Vehicle play any radio or sound reproducing equipment or any instrument other than for the purpose of sending or receiving messages to and from the Operator of the Vehicle;

    i) at no time cause or permit the noise emitted by any radio or other previously mentioned equipment in the Vehicle which they are driving to be a source of annoyance or disturbance to any person whether inside or outside of the Vehicle;

    j) at no time whilst driving a Vehicle use a mobile telephone

2 The Driver shall not:-

    a) convey nor permit to be conveyed in a Vehicle a greater number of passengers than that prescribed in the Private Hire Licence issued for that Vehicle;

    b) without the consent of the hirer of the Vehicle convey or permit to be conveyed any other person in that Vehicle.

    3. The Driver shall after the termination of each hiring of a Vehicle driven by him/her check the Vehicle for any property which may have been left accidentally therein. Any property found by or handed to the Driver shall be conveyed as soon as possible and in any event within 24 hours (if not sooner claimed by or on behalf of the owner) to a Police Station in the district and left in the custody of the Police having obtained a receipt for the property.

    4. The Driver shall if requested by the hirer of the Vehicle provide a written receipt for the fare paid.

    5a) The Driver, whilst acting in accordance with a Private Hire Driver’s licence, shall not convey in the Vehicle any animal belonging to or in the custody of himself / herself or the Proprietor or the Operator of the Vehicle.

    b) Any animal belonging to or in the custody of the hirer of the Vehicle may be conveyed in the Vehicle at the discretion of the Driver provided that the animal is carried in the rear of the Vehicle and restrained in such a manner as to be unable to interfere with the safe driving of the Vehicle.

    c) The Driver shall not, without a valid notice of exemption issued under section 37 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, refuse to transport a guide, hearing or other assistance dog.

    6 Upon being allocated a contract for the hire of a Private Hire Vehicle, the Driver shall attend punctually at the appointed time and place to collect the hirer unless delayed or prevented from so doing by circumstances beyond his/her control.

    7 The Driver shall at all times when driving a Private Hire Vehicle carry with him/her a copy of these conditions and shall make it available for inspection by the hirer or any passenger or an Authorised Officer or Constable upon request.

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