Public safety in the driving seat

PUBLISHED: 12:43 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:26 11 June 2010

THE law on private hire licensing is to change this month, affecting a wide range of vehicle operators throughout East Devon who must get their license up to date if they want to continue to operate. The Road Safety Act 2006 changes the law on private hir

THE law on private hire licensing is to change this month, affecting a wide range of vehicle operators throughout East Devon who must get their license up to date if they want to continue to operate.The Road Safety Act 2006 changes the law on private hire licensing, meaning any vehicle of nine or fewer seats used to convey passengers for hire, reward or profit, will have to contact East Devon District Council before Monday, January 28, when the changes come in.Those likely to be affected are operators of airport travel, chauffeur services, courtesy cars, executive hire, hospital cars, novelty vehicles, park and ride (including airport parking), pub mini buses, school contracts, stretched limousines, works contracts and volunteer driving.The new licensing rules enable the council to carry out safety checks on vehicles and suitability checks on their drivers in the interests of public safety. People hiring vehicles with drivers will be able to feel more secure in the knowledge that businesses and vehicles are licensed and the drivers have undertaken an additional driving test together with Criminal Records Bureau vetting by the council. The legal obligation is upon the vehicle operators to contact the district council and they are urged to do so as soon as possible. Businesses and drivers working whilst not properly licensed could face prosecution, with significant fines and costs. The use of unlicensed vehicles and drivers will normally invalidate most insurance certificates.Anyone who believes they may be affected and need advice are urged to contact the licensing service at East Devon District Council on (01395) 517411.

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 19:07

Good evening and welcome to the Herald’s live coverage of Honiton Town Council, at the Beehive Community Centre.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:01

Residents are being invited to suggest how the money should be spent

Read more
Yesterday, 14:08

Hundreds of people lined Honiton’s streets to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

Aged just six, Dakota has won regional and national championships and is gearing up to compete in Europe and then on the world stage

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

More than £7,000 a year is being spent on security at Cranbrook’s Younghayes Centre.

Read more
Sunday, November 11, 2018

“Outstanding” quality of exhibits at this year’s exhibition of chrysanthemums, other flowers, fruit, vegetables and home cooking

Read more
Sunday, November 11, 2018

People turn out in force to commemorate the centenary of the ending of The Great War

Read more
Sunday, November 11, 2018

A poignant remembrance service was held at Honiton’s Gittisham Hill House care home ahead of the weekend’s Armistice Day.

Read more
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Claire Dymond is Mole Avon’s equine weekend prize draw winner

Read more
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Fiona Taylor, of Christopher Piper Wines, discusses Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Midweek Herald twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Show Job Lists


Find planning applications