Temporary Arrangements for Taxi Trade - Coronavirus Advice

    Taxi Fare Increases Delayed

    The taxi fare increases that were due to come into effect from 9 April 2020 will have to be delayed until normal service resumes. 

    There have been no objections received from the Trade or the public in relation to the increase, however, due to the new tariffs not being able to be written at the moment, and also due to the Government guidance of only undertaking essential journeys, taxi drivers will not be able to travel to get their meter calibrated at this present time. 

    There is therefore no option but to delay implementation of these tariffs for the time being. 

    As the May Bank Holiday has changed this year, from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May, taxi drivers cannot charge the meter-programmed bank holiday rates on 4 May, and there is now the issue of the taxi meters not being calibrated correctly to reflect the different bank holiday rates on Friday 8 May due to this unprecedented situation. 

    It is suggested that drivers negotiate a fare with the customer before the journey begins, ensuring that the customer is satisfied with the situation. There should be no overcharging.  

    Once business is back to normal we will ensure the new fares are implemented as soon as possible.

    Information for all Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Proprietors - Renewals Only

    • If your vehicle MOT expires after 30 March 2020, then your MOT will automatically be extended by 6 months and you will not currently require an MOT and a Compliance check from one of our approved MOT providers.
    • You will need to complete an MOT self-declaration form - please ensure you request one from the Licensing Section via email or telephone.
    • You must complete a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle application form and submit it electronically to the Licensing Team by e-mail to ehlicensing@staffordbc.gov.uk. Your insurance and V5 must be scanned and attached to your email and you must call 01785 619745 to make payment - cheque processing is currently delayed and this will affect the renewal process.  
    • You will be issued with a 6 month vehicle licence and plate and the fee payable is £115.

    Please ensure you make your renewal in plenty of time to enable staff to complete the process in time and produce your plates, due to the current working arrangements. 

    Unfortunately we are unable to accept any applications for new vehicle licences at this time.

    Normal testing expectations will resume once any national testing relaxations end.

    Please see Licensing for more details.

    Thinking of stopping altogether

    We appreciate at this difficult and unprecedented time, some of the taxi trade may want to stop working altogether to both protect themselves and the general public, however, please remember that if you stop your vehicle insurance payments then your vehicle licence also becomes invalid.

    If you decide this is what you want to do at this current time, you must email ehlicensing@staffordbc.gov.uk / or call 01785 619745 stating your intention to stop working and then return your vehicle plates back to Stafford Borough Council and leave them in our Reception / or place in the post box if they fit. Your vehicle record will be updated with this information.

    You will need to re-apply for a vehicle licence when you decide to start work again.

    The Government has released a bail out package which is there to apply for if you are a self-employed taxi driver, or call the helpline on 0300 456 3565.

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