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					                   TAXI TRADE BOARD
     Notes of a Meeting of the Taxi Trade Board held on 30th March 2009 at 2.30
     pm at the Council Offices, Farnborough.

     Present:

     Trade
     Roger Bennion                     Cody Airport Taxis
     Claire Burridge                   A1 Rushmoor Taxis
     Michael DeBono                    A1 Rushmoor Taxis
     Therese McCloy-Glenholme          Ambassador Executive Chauffeur Services

     Rob Trowsdale
     Roger Watkins                     Yellow Cars

     Hampshire Police
     Sgt Rob Wallace

     South West Trains
     David Josey

     Rushmoor Borough Council
     Jo Cohen                          Licensing Officer, Environmental Health
     David Kingstone                   Licensing Officer, Environmental Health
     John McNab                        Environmental Health Manager – Licensing,
                                       Environmental Health
     Kathy Flatt                       Democratic Support Officer, Democratic
                                       Services


1.   APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE –

     Barry Wicks, Shaun Orriss, Bill Tompkins, Mike Bamber (Parking Manager,
     Rushmoor Borough Council) and John Trusler (Capital Projects Engineer,
     Rushmoor Borough Council).

2.   AMBULANCE/HOSPITAL TRANSPORT –

     Roger Bennion sought information on licensing requirements for private
     ambulance/rapid response vehicles.

     John McNab undertook to clarify the situation.

3.   LIMITING NUMBERS OF HACKNEY CARRIAGE VEHICLES –

     Roger Bennion raised the issue regarding limiting the number of hackney
     carriage vehicles licensed in the Borough.




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     John McNab undertook to circulate a copy of the specification which had been
     given to the consultants who carried out a previous demand survey.

     He also undertook to contact Reading Borough Council to find out the
     procedure followed by the authority in the suspension of issuing licences for
     new taxi drivers.

4.   POLICE ISSUES –

     The issue was raised by the trade regarding the obstruction caused by police
     officers parking on taxi ranks.

     In respect of the enforcement of illegal parking, John McNab undertook to
     facilitate a meeting on the enforcement of tow away restrictions, to include the
     Police, the car parking team and John Edwards (Director of Community and
     Environment) as the Director of the service responsible. A discussion would
     also take place at this meeting on whether a £1000 fine should be applied
     instead of the tow away enforcement.

     John McNab also undertook to get feedback from Mike Bamber to ascertain
     what role the Parking Attendants were playing in enforcing breaches of
     parking regulations in tow away zones.

5.   FARNBOROUGH RAILWAY STATION – PLANNED CHANGES TO
     FORECOURT –

     An updated plan on planned changes to the forecourt at Farnborough Railway
     Station was displayed at the meeting.

     John McNab undertook to clarify the situation regarding a taxi rank in Union
     Street outside the station

     David Josey advised that there would be a meeting in the near future with the
     Site Manager for the works to the Station forecourt area and invited a
     representative of the Trade to take part in that meeting. Rob Trowsdale was
     chosen as the Trade representative.

6.   SAFETY MARSHALLING –

     The Trade requested that John Trusler should be asked to put back the “no u-
     turns” sign by the taxi rank near Vox nightclub.

7.   MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING –

     The minutes of the previous meeting held on 23rd February, 2009 were
     agreed as an accurate record of the proceedings.




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8.    MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING –

8.1   Minute No. 2.3 - Removal of cars parking on taxi ranks –

      John McNab would report back at the next meeting on this issue.

8.2   Minute No. 2.4 – Reporting of Anti-Social Behaviour –

      John McNab would report back at the next meeting on this issue.

8.3   Minute No. 2.6 – CCTV Cameras in Taxi Cabs –

      This issue would be factored into the process review of licensing matters as
      part of the revised vehicle specification.

8.4   Minute No. 3 – Vocational Driver Training –

      This was being reviewed as part of the process review of licensing matters.
      The trade was recommended to take advantage of the free training currently
      available. A copy of the letter about the vocational driver training would be
      circulated to the trade.

8.5   Minute No. 6 – Tow Away Reports –

      The trade raised the issue of a fine being applied to vehicles parking illegally
      in place of being towed away. This would be raised at the meeting to be
      facilitated on the subject of enforcing illegal parking.

      It was confirmed that no vehicle had yet been towed away as a result of illegal
      parking.

8.6   Minute No. 7 – Capital Projects –

      The trade raised again the request for the provision of a taxi rank outside
      National Westminster Bank.

8.7   Minute No. 9.2 – Bradfords Roundabout –

      An update was requested on the issue of a survey being undertaken of the
      Bradfords bus lane.

8.8   Minute No. 9.11 – Street Lighting –

      The trade stressed again the need for more street lighting in the area of the
      junction of Windsor Way and Victoria Road. The trade raised its concerns
      regarding the possibility of an accident in that area due to poor lighting at the
      junction.

8.9   Minute No. 9.14 – Taxi Trade Board Newsletter –

      It was confirmed that “you are under surveillance” stickers would be circulated
      with the next edition of the newsletter.

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       The trade requested that articles should be included in the next newsletter on
       rank etiquette and no smoking in vehicles.

8.10   Minute No. 9.15 – Submission of Questions by Bill Tompkins –

       It was noted that Bill Tompkins had received responses to the questions that
       had been previously submitted.

8.11   Minute No. 12 – Reinstatement of St. Bernards Plastics Taxi Rank,
       Lynchford Road, Farnborough –

       Rob Trowsdale gave an update on discussions with Rushmoor Council
       regarding the reinstatement of a taxi rank on the Rushmoor side of North
       Camp Station.

8.12   Minute No. 15 – European Working Time Directive –

       The implications of the European Working Time Directive would be
       researched and reported back to a future meeting.

8.13   Minute No. 16 – Enforcement/Complaints Update –

       The trade suggested that more publicity (press releases, adverts in local
       newspapers) should be given to advising the public of the disadvantages of
       using an unlicensed taxi driver (e.g. no compensation if involved in an
       accident). The public should also be advised to contact the Council with any
       information on unlicensed taxi drivers.

8.14   Minute No. 17.1 – Camberley Taxi at Farnborough Station –

       Further monitoring (possibly on a Friday or Saturday evening) would be
       undertaken on this issue.

9.     LICENSING SERVICE – PROCESS REVIEW –

       The trade was given an update on the process review that was being
       undertaken on the Licensing Service. Feedback from the trade was sought
       on two draft conditions documents on hackney carriage vehicles and private
       hire vehicles which had been revised as part of the process review work for
       the Licensing service. The trade suggested that consideration should be
       given to providing conditions information and other associated details in the
       format of one booklet.

       The trade was also updated on the proposed revisions to forms to be
       completed by taxi drivers.

10.    HACKNEY CARRIAGE FARES REVIEW –

       John McNab explained the procedure to be followed in respect of the hackney
       carriage fare review and reported that he had received a request from the
       trade of a 2% uplift and on the running mile.




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11.   ACCESS FOR THE DISABLED –

      The trade was reminded that it was under a statutory obligation to provide a
      service to all passengers to the same standard and in particular the legislation
      regarding the carriage of disabled passengers.

12.   ANY OTHER BUSINESS –

      Concessionary Fares – Tokens –

      John McNab undertook to investigate the issue of changing tokens and the
      denominations for this.

13.   DATE OF NEXT MEETING –

      The next meeting would take place on Monday, 15th June 2009 at 2.00 pm in
      Committee Room 1 at the Council Offices, Farnborough




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