Chris Howell, Licensing Manager, presented a report asking Members to:
The Licensing Manager pointed out a typographical error on page 203 of the report and confirmed that West Midlands Private Hire Drivers Association had not been invited to respond to the consultation.
He stated that twenty one responses had been received from drivers requesting that they be allowed to work for multiple Private Hire Vehicle Operators and that given the number of requests, this was to be determined by Members of the Non-Statutory Licensing Committee.
Members considered the request and although they acknowledged the importance of worker’s rights, they had great concerns for the impact it could have on public safety. It was noted that drivers could move Operator, giving the prescribed notification.
It was therefore agreed that the current policy should remain unchanged and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers should only work for one operator at a time.
The new conditions would be applicable for licences granted after 1st February 2020.
That Members of the Non-Statutory Licensing Committee: