NEW LICENCING GUIDANCE DISCUSSED AT INSTITUTE OF LICENSING TRAINING DAY

New licencing guidelines were on the agenda when licencing practitioners from across the North West met in Accrington recently, when Hyndburn Council hosted the North West Region Institute of Licensing Training day.

Sixty delegates discussed a range licensing issues, including new guidance to help local authorities make decisions about the suitability of applicants and licensees in connection with taxi and private hire driver, vehicle and operator licences.

The Institute of Licensing is the professional body for licensing with membership made up of licensing practitioners from the regulatory industry and from legal fields across the country. Among items on the agenda was new guidance launched by the Institute in April to help local authorities making decisions about the suitability of applicants and licensees in connection with taxi and private hire driver, vehicle and operator licences.  The guidance has been produced in partnership with the Local Government Association, The National Association of Licensing Enforcement Officers and Lawyers in Local Government.

Councillor Joyce Plummer, Cabinet Member for Licensing, said; “We were pleased to host this very informative regional training day, as the Council takes its duties as a licensing authority very seriously and public safety is at the heart of everything we do. We carried out a consultation with our hackney carriage and private hire trade in relation to the adoption of the new guidance and we’ll take a report to Cabinet in October to determine whether the guidelines should be adopted as Council policy.”