MANCHESTER CITY COUNCIL
REPORT FOR RESOLUTION
Committee: Licensing and Appeals Committee
Date: 19 February 2007
Subject: Licensing of stretched limousines
Report Of: Head of Regulatory & Enforcement Services
Purpose of Report:
To advise Members of the outcome of the consultation exercise undertaken following
Members’ agreement in principle in August 2006 to licence stretched limousines.
That Members adopt the proposed limousines policy and licence conditions set out below.
Financial Consequences for the Revenue Budget:
Financial Consequences for the Capital Budget:
Fiona Sharkey Head of Regulatory & Enforcement Services Ext 1567
John Pullan Licensing Unit Ext 4962
Anti-Poverty Equal Opportunities Environment Employment
No No No Yes
1.1 In August 2006 Members considered a report proposing that the Council
introduce a policy and conditions for the licensing of stretched limousines.
1.2 The proposals formed part of a Greater Manchester wide approach to address
the public safety issues and concerns arising from the increased use of such
vehicles in a largely unregulated manner.
1.3 Similar proposals are being considered by each of the Association of Greater
Manchester Authorities (AGMA) with a view to achieving a uniform approach
1.4 At the meeting in August 2006, members determined in principle that the
Council should licence such vehicles and requested officers to undertake
2.1 The consultation took place from 15 September to 15 December 2006.
2.2 Details of the proposed policy and conditions were sent to:
All Members of the Council
Hackney Carriage & Private Hire trade representatives and private hire
Greater Manchester Police
Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA)
AGMA Public Protection Officer Group
41 existing limousine operators in Manchester as identified via the
internet and business directories
2.3 The proposals were also posted on the Council’s website.
2.4 Eight consultation responses were received. They are summarised in
Appendix A, together with the proposed response. The revised policy and
comparison between existing PHV conditions and those proposed for
limousines are set out in Appendix B.
2.5 Examples of the proposed identification sticker and licence plate are shown in
2.6 The resulting conditions for limousines are set out in Appendix D.
3 Police investigations
3.1 Members will be aware from recent press reports that police forces across the
UK, including GMP recently launched a “crackdown” on stretched limousines.
The operation took place in November 2006 during which 160 limousines were
stopped and checked.
3.2 Early results overall show a national offending rate of 66%. 12 vehicles were
immediately prohibited for serious defects and taken off the road, whilst a
further 27 were issued with delayed prohibitions. 5 people have been arrested
and three vehicles were seized.
3.3 In Greater Manchester, GMP participated in the limousine operation under the
banner ‘Operation Dakota’ and, together with vehicle examiners from VOSA
stopped 26 vehicles over the two evenings of Friday 10 & 17 November 2006.
A total of 8 prohibition notices were served for defects including defective
brakes. Other defects including tinted windows in the cockpit area and
problems with lights, tyres and steering. One stretch Lincoln was seized as it
was being used without insurance.
3.4 Several large-scale investigations are reportedly underway in different parts of
the UK and the operation is reported to have uncovered a number of cloned
vehicles and revealed links to organised criminality.
4 Differences between Manchester and AGMA policy & conditions
4.1 Manchester’s proposed policy and conditions are consistent with those
proposed by AGMA in respect of:
Prohibiting the use of tinted glass in the cockpit areas, but allowing it in
Standards for roadworthiness and accredited stretches;
Twice yearly vehicle inspections
Manchester’s policy differs from AGMAs in only two respects:
AGMA does not propose a vehicle age policy for limousines, whereas it is
proposed that Manchester’s existing policy of a 7 year age limit (agreed by
the Licensing & Appeals Committee on 17 September 2001) will also apply
to limousines. AGMA are suggesting, however, that a standard age policy
should be adopted across AGMA for PHVs, but this has yet to be
AGMA proposes to be flexible on the use of plates, whereas the proposed
conditions for Manchester require a visible badging system by use of the
front windscreen sticker and the rear licence plate shown in Appendix C.
5 Licensing of Drivers & Operators of Limousines
5.1 Under the provisions of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act
1976, which were adopted by the Council with effect from 1st March 1978, a
licensed PHV can only ever be driven by a licensed private hire driver.
5.2 This means that once a limousine is licensed as a PHV by the Council, the
driver must also be licensed. All applicants for PHV drivers’ licences in
Manchester are subject to:
The Council’s policy on Convictions
CRB Enhanced Disclosure procedures
Passing the private hire ‘Knowledge Test’
The same standards will be required for private hire drivers in respect of
limousines, as are required of private hire drivers in respect of “standard”
Similarly, under the same legislation, a PHV can only be booked through a
licensed private hire operator. This means that once a limousine has become a
licensed PHV, the operator must also be licensed by the Council.
Under the provisions of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act
1976, the Council will only licence a private hire operator if it considers the
applicant to be a fit and proper person to hold such a licence. It is not intended
to change any of the current licensing requirements for private hire operators in
respect of limousines.
6 Licence fees
6.1 The licence fee for limousines is yet to be agreed. It is however likely that this
will be higher than the current PHV fee to take account of the longer garage
test required. The fee will be set at a level so as to be revenue neutral and will
be subject to a separate report to Committee in due course.
6.2 The current licence fees are as follows:
Licence (12 months) New Licence Renewal
Private Hire Driver £155 £85
Private Hire Vehicle £207 £207
Private Hire Operator £820 £410
7 Conclusion & Recommendations
7.1 The absence of adequate regulation for stretched limousines poses significant
public safety issues both in terms of the vehicle itself and the fact that the
drivers are not currently subject to the CRB checks and the Council’s
convictions policy in place for taxi and private hire drivers. This means that
drivers who pose a threat to public safety and who the Council would not
consider suitable to do so may currently be driving limousines. The proposed
policy is intended to address this.
7.2 An important factor in the success of any licensing regime for limousines is the
adoption of a uniform approach, wherever possible, across neighbouring local
authorities. This will minimise the opportunities for limousine operators to
simply move their businesses outside of Manchester to avoid regulation. The
adoption of similar policies by all AGMA members is a key element of this
7.3 Similarly, in order to encourage responsible limousine operators to become
licensed, the proposed policy and conditions seek to achieve a proper balance
between the aims of the regulation (namely, public safety), and the need to
avoid overly burdensome or inappropriate requirements, which would
adversely impact on their commercial viability.
7.4 The provisions of the legislation are such that, once a limousine has been
licensed it can only be driven by a licensed PHV driver, and can only be
booked through a licensed private hire operator. This means that by
introducing a system of licensing for limousine vehicles, the full private hire
licensing system is invoked regulating the vehicle, driver and operator.
7.5 The proposed policy recognises the specialist nature of the limousine business
and aims to retain the customers’ unique experience and enjoyment
associated with riding in a limousine, with the additional comfort of knowing the
vehicle, driver and operator are properly regulated.
7.6 Members are asked to approve the proposed policy and conditions for
limousines as set out in Appendix B, C & D.
SUMMARY OF CONSULTATION RESPONSES
Evaluation of comments Policy/
Tinted glass Draft policy ref: 2.5
11/12/06 Tameside MBC No restriction on tinted glass in passenger compartment Agreed. Already covered. No
but tinted glass in front doors and windscreen should be
as per Single Vehicle Approved standards.
Vehicle age Draft policy ref: 2.7
17/10/06 VIP Limousine Hire We should allow 7 or 8 year old vehicles as they have Most limousines are converted saloon cars with similar life No
lower mileage than other private hire vehicles. expectancy and therefore should be subject to the Council’s
standard age policy for PHVs. There is an “exception” rule
in the existing conditions for exceptional vehicles, on a
Operators will be required to demonstrate the age of the
vehicle from the date of first registration in the country of
origin (rather than the age from the date of stretching the
vehicle or the age from the date of registration in the UK).
Policy amended to clarify.
11/12/06 Tameside MBC AGMA should consider a standard age limit for all private Outside scope of consultation. No
Driver competency Draft policy ref: 3.1
17/10/06 George Simms, Drivers should be subject to a CRB check. Agreed. Already covered. A private hire vehicle can only No
Manchester Cab ever be driven by a licensed private hire driver and in order
Committee/TODA to obtain a PHD licence, the applicant must have
undergone CRB checks and passed an appropriate
11/12/06 Tameside MBC Training in relation to attending to and helping Agreed. Already covered as part of our HC/PH driver No
passengers with disabilities. training and testing.
Operator competency Draft policy ref: 3.2
11/12/06 Tameside MBC Stretched limousines to provide proof of Single Vehicle Agreed. Already covered. No
Approval or letter of compliance for that vehicle.
Roadworthiness Draft policy ref: 3.3
11/12/06 Tameside MBC Vehicle should be subject to same maintenance checks Agreed. Already covered. No
as other private hire vehicles.
Insurance Draft policy ref: 3.5
17/10/06 VIP Limousine Hire Suggests appropriate insurance policy be made Agreed. Already covered in existing procedures. No
available for inspection prior to obtaining/renewing a
Private Hire Licence.
Vehicle testing Draft policy ref: 3.7
17/10/06 VIP Limousine Hire Feels MOT every 6mths excessive considering limited Disagree. Vehicles should be subject to existing testing No
mileage of limousines. Would also need an adapted regime for PHVs.
testing site. MCC has suitable testing facilities, subject to relatively
minor modifications, which have already been agreed with
17/10/06 George Simms, Cab Any vehicle operating for hire and reward should be Agreed. No
Committee inspected at 6-month intervals.
23/11/06 GMP Suggest all vehicles should be compliant with the Agreed. No
Construction and Use Regulations re. Vehicle defects
and the Road Traffic Act.
Maximum passengers Draft policy ref: 3.8
17/10/06 VIP Limousine Hire Maximum number of eight passengers (unless vehicle Agreed. No
operating under a PSV and has a COIF).
17/10/06 VIP Limousine Hire Lack of driver compartment seating makes driver testing Agreed. Will amend our policy accordingly. However, any Yes
impossible. Seat next to driver for crew use only. Crew crewmember will have to be included in the passenger
could then be required to carry ID and driving licence at numbers.
SUMMARY OF CONSULTATION RESPONSES
17/10/06 VIP Limousine Hire Due to logistical & timing issues it is impractical to Noted. Will modify policy accordingly. Yes
include the limit of 8 passengers in all advertising.
Suggest limit of 8 passengers be included in booking
Child passengers Draft policy ref: 3.9
23/11/06 GMP New legislation re the use of booster seats relating to the Noted. However, certain exemptions apply for PHVs. No
height of a child.
17/10/06 VIP Limousine Hire Responsible adult should accompany children under 16. Noted. Covered in policy already. No
Seat belts Draft policy ref: 3.10
17/10/06 VIP Limousine Hire Sideways seats in VIP cars have lap belts. Noted. Policy amended to require all seats to have Yes
Fire extinguisher & first aid kit Draft policy ref: 3.11
17/10/06 VIP Limousine Hire Fire extinguisher and first aid kit. Agreed. Already a requirement for MCC PHVs but this will Yes
be made clearer in policy.
Alcohol & glassware Draft policy ref: 3.12
17/10/06 VIP Limousine Hire Does not believe Licensing Act 2003 includes moving or Sale or supply of alcohol will be regulated in accordance No
static vehicles. Some companies provide complimentary with the Licensing Act 2003.
bubbly with every vehicle hire. Others allow alcohol to be
brought along by passengers.
11/12/06 Tameside MBC Sale & consumption of alcohol as per Licensing Act Agreed. No
23/11/06 GMP Asks whether driver will be a personal licence holder. Sale or supply of alcohol will be regulated in accordance No
Expresses concerns re underage drinking and expresses with the Licensing Act 2003.
general concern re. Alcohol.
23/11/06 GMP Concern expressed in relation glasses, bottles etc which Agreed. Already covered. No
may cause injury upon impact or collision.
11/12/06 Tameside MBC Shatterproof glass or plastic ware only. Agreed. Already covered. No
17/10/06 VIP Limousine Hire Feels that requirement to provide shatterproof or plastic Disagree. Public safety is overriding priority. Other option No
glass too expensive. open to operators is not to have glassware in the vehicle.
Entertainment Draft policy ref: 3.13
23/11/06 GMP No lap dancing/private dancing within vehicle. Entertainment will be regulated in accordance with the No
Licensing Act 2003.
Licence plates Draft policy ref: 3.14
21/11/06 AGMA Limousines should not be required to show the ‘private Agreed. Already covered. No
hire’ banners and favour more discreet badging (as is
the preference of the trade).
23/11/06 GMP Suggests use of a PSV style disc displayed in the front Agreed. Policy amended. Yes
window to allow vehicles to be identified as fully
11/12/06 Tameside MBC Vehicles should display suitable signage inside and Existing MCC PHV conditions require only the tariff to be No
outside the vehicles. displayed inside the vehicle. Given the specialist nature of
the hiring, and that payment is normally required in
advance, we do not consider that the requirement to display
the tariff inside the vehicle is necessary. We agree that
signage should be displayed at the front & rear of the
vehicle and this is covered in our policy.
17/10/06 VIP Limousine Hire Suggest road tax disc style plate to avoid additional Agreed but consider that a licence plate should be Yes
costs. displayed at rear of vehicle.
Advertisements Draft policy ref: 3.16
17/10/06 VIP Limousine Hire Suggest as long as it meets Advertising Standards Noted. However, the council needs to be satisfied that any Yes
guidelines not a matter for council unless it relates to advertising does not affect the comfort & safety of
cigarettes and alcohol. passengers and should therefore be subject to Council
approval, which will not be unreasonably withheld.
Strobe lighting and disco balls Draft policy ref: 4
21/09/06 Councillor Sue Murphy Should comply with relevant regulations and be of a Agreed. Yes
frequency to reduce risk of epilepsy.
21/09/06 Councillor Harold Provide warning notices in vehicles and warnings prior to Agreed. Yes
Lyons the equipment being used.
SUMMARY OF CONSULTATION RESPONSES
Mirrored ceilings Draft policy ref: 4
17/10/06 VIP Limousine Hire Mirrors not made of glass therefore no passenger risk. Noted, in which case will comply with proposed conditions. Yes
Fibre optics Draft policy ref: 4
17/10/06 VIP Limousine Hire Inaccessible to passengers therefore pose no danger. Agreed. Yes
CCTV Draft policy ref: 4
23/11/06 GMP Suggests the installation of CCTV to help reduce Noted. CCTV in taxis/PHVs is being taken forward as a No
allegations of assault, indecent assault etc. separate project.
17/10/06 VIP Limousine Hire Proposals would be disproportionately costly and Disagree. Fees will be comparable with those for all private No
encourage operators to cease trading, move authority hire vehicles and drivers.
21/11/06 Greater Manchester Broad agreement with our proposals. Noted. No
12/12/06 Manchester Private Broad agreement with our proposals. Noted. No
STRETCHED LIMOUSINE LICENSING PROPOSALS
For the purposes of our limousine policy and proposed licence conditions;
A ‘stretched limousine’ is a motorised vehicle that has been lengthened by the insertion of
an additional body section and modified by a coachbuilder to contain luxury facilities and
- That is capable of carrying up to, but not exceeding eight passengers
- That could not currently be licensed by the council as a Private Hire Vehicle (PHV).
- That is NOT a decommissioned military or emergency service vehicle.
2. VARIATION FROM EXISTING PRIVATE HIRE POLICY
It is proposed that limousines are incorporated into the council’s current PHV licensing
scheme. Several variations from PHV licensing policy requirements are outlined below to take
into account the nature of this type of vehicle.
ISSUE PROPOSED VARIATION JUSTIFICATION
1 Left Hand Drive Permit Left Hand Drive limousines The majority of stretched limousines are
Vehicles to be considered for PHV imported from the U.S. and are left hand
licensing. drive. The Department for Transport has
recommended that councils should not
refuse to licence limousines simply because
they have characteristics which contravene
the existing policy i.e. left hand drive.
2 Sideways Seating Permit limousines with sideways A key characteristic of stretched limousines
facing seating to be considered for is their sideways facing bench seats. In line
PHV licensing. with the Department for Transport’s
guidance outlined above, the council will
consider the suitability of limousines with
sideways seating for licensing.
3 Vehicle Colour Permit limousines other than white The vehicle colour restriction together with
or silver to be considered for PHV the plates & stickers serve to distinguish
licensing. PHVs from ordinary saloon cars and to
make them clearly identifiable to the public.
However, the distinctive appearance of
stretched limousines means that they are
unlikely to be confused with ordinary saloon
4 Tinted Glass Permit limousines with heavily It is recognised that the privacy provided by
tinted glass in the rear tinted glass in the passenger compartment
offside/nearside windows to be is a central characteristic of a limousine and
considered for licensing. However part of the passenger experience.
heavily tinted glass in the driver However, glass in the driver cockpit must
cockpit would remain prohibited in satisfy the standards within the Road
line with legal requirements. Vehicles (Construction and Use)
Regulations 1986 as amended.
5 Vehicle Age Operators are required to PHV regulations currently require age to be
demonstrate the age of the calculated from the date first registered in
vehicle from the date of first the UK. However the age of the imported
registration in its country of origin. vehicle could be substantially older than the
date of first registration in the UK.
6 Roadworthiness The stretched limousine must hold The SVA test comprises a visual
a valid Single Vehicle Approval examination of a vehicle and certifies its
(SVA) certificate. safety and roadworthiness.
7 Accredited Normally only vehicles stretched The council has concerns over the safety of
coachbuilder under an accredited coach builder vehicles stretched outside of properly
stretches schemed endorsed by the original accredited coachbuilder schemes. For
manufacturer such as Ford’s example, the original manufacturers who
‘Quality Vehicle Modifier’ (QVM) or impose stringent requirements on the
Cadillac’s ‘Cadillac Master coachbuilders endorse the quality and
Coachbuilder’ (CMC) will be safety of vehicles stretched under the QVM
considered for licensing by the and CMC.
8 Tyres The limousine must be fitted with Given the increased weight of the vehicle,
tyres that meet both the size and tyres of the correct weight and size rating
weight specification. must be used at all times.
9 Maximum The vehicle must not be This condition will be enforced by council
Passengers constructed or adapted to seat officers performing spot checks on licensed
more than 8 passengers. A vehicles.
passenger is any person in the
vehicle other than the driver at any
time. A babe in arms is classed as
a passenger no matter what their
10 Vehicle Testing Licensed limousines must be To ensure that limousines licensed by the
submitted for council testing twice council are maintained to high standards
a year in line with current PHV and remain safe.
11 Seat Belts Seatbelts must be fitted to all For the safety of passengers.
seats and must be worn at all
times by passengers whilst the
vehicle is in motion.
12 Glassware Any “glass” drinking-ware must be For the safety of passengers.
made of either toughened glass or
3. PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO EXISTING PHV LICENCE CONDITIONS
It is proposed the conditions outlined below are placed on stretched limousines:
ISSUE PROPOSED AMENDMENT JUSTIFICATION
1 Fare Table/ Limousines are not required to display Stretched limousines do not usually
Taximeter a fare table or contain a taximeter. operate under a fare system as journeys
are generally pre-paid in advance based
on the length of time they are hired for.
2 Maximum Before accepting a booking, the To inform customers of the maximum
Passengers operator must make it clear to the hirer carrying capacity of the vehicle.
that the vehicle is licensed for no more
than 8 passengers.
3 Child Passengers Where occupants in the vehicle are For the safety of child passengers.
under the age of 16, a responsible
adult other than the driver must
4 Fire Extinguisher The vehicle must contain a fully For the safety of the vehicle occupants
& First Aid Kit functional portable multipurpose (required under existing PHV conditions).
powder type fire extinguisher, which
bears a kite mark and is tested and
installed in accordance with HSE
requirements. The vehicle must also
carry a HSE approved First Aid Kit.
5 Alcohol If passengers are under the age of 18, For the protection of children from harm.
there should be no alcohol in the
vehicle for consumption or otherwise.
6 Entertainment The licence holder shall not supply any To safeguard child passengers from
media that, given its age classification viewing unsuitable material.
or content, is unsuitable for the age of
the passengers in the vehicle.
The licence holder shall ensure that a Many limousines have the capability of
performing rights licence is held where playing recorded media for the
appropriate. entertainment of customers and are
required to hold a performing rights
7 Licence Plates The proprietor must ensure that the The naturally distinctive appearance of
personalised licence plate and front stretched limousines means that they are
windscreen identification sticker very unlikely to be confused with a
provided by the Council are affixed to private road user’s vehicle. However,
the vehicle at all times. some clear means of identification is
necessary for the purposes of public
safety and enforcement. A “tax disc”
style identification sticker in the front
windscreen, and a discrete licence plate
at the rear of the vehicle will achieve the
right balance between being able to
identify the vehicle as licensed, without
detracting from the status of stretched
8 Council Notices The proprietor shall when directed by To convey information to passengers
an authorised officer of the Council, where appropriate.
display and maintain any notices in a
9 Advertisements No other signs, notices or any other To ensure that any material displayed in
markings will be displayed on or in the the limousine does not affect the safety
vehicle without the written permission or comfort of passengers. Permission
of the Council. from the Council will not be unreasonably
10 Fog machines, Use should comply with relevant Health To ensure public safety.
lasers, fibre and Safety regulations and should not
optics, disco be used in a manner, which is likely to
balls, Jacuzzis distract the limousine driver or other
11 Strobe Lights Where strobe lights are to be used, To ensure public safety.
those hiring the vehicle should be
verbally notified in advance and the
person making the booking notified,
both verbally and in writing. Strobe
lighting should not be used/be turned
off if so requested. Use should comply
with relevant Health and Safety
regulations and should not be used in a
manner, which is likely to distract the
limousine driver or other road users.
12 Glass mirrored Need to be made of appropriate To ensure public safety.
ceilings alternative to glass.
To be placed in front windscreen. This is
based on the disc used by London’s private hire
vehicles, of which there are over 38,000.
To be placed on the rear of the vehicle.
Rear plate is discrete yet readily identifiable
by CCTV and enforcement officers.
Conditions Attached to Private Hire Limousine Proprietor’s Licences
1. In this licence "authorised officer" has the same meaning as in Section 80 of the Local
Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976,
the "Council" means the Council of the City of Manchester,
"the personalised licence plate and windscreen sticker" means the plate and windscreen
sticker issued by the Council for the purpose of identifying the vehicle as a private hire
for the purpose of these conditions, “private hire vehicle” means ‘stretched limousine’, that
is a motorised vehicle that has been lengthened by the insertion of an additional body
section and modified by a coachbuilder to contain luxury facilities and fixtures:
- That is capable of carrying up to, but not exceeding eight passengers
- That could not currently be licensed by the council as a private hire vehicle (PHV).
- That is NOT a decommissioned military or emergency service vehicle.
2. The personalised licence plate and windscreen sticker issued by the Council shall be
securely affixed to the exterior of the private hire vehicle by the Proprietor, in accordance
with the reasonable instructions of an authorised Officer of the Council, but in such a
manner as to be easily removable by an authorised Officer of the Council or a Police
3. The Proprietor of the private hire vehicle shall ensure that the personalised licence plate
and windscreen sticker are maintained and kept in such condition so that the information
contained on the identification plates is clearly visible to public view at all times.
4. The Proprietor of the private hire vehicle shall cause the number of the private hire
vehicle's licence, granted by the Council in respect of the private hire vehicle, to be clearly
marked and kept and maintained inside the vehicle in such a position as to be clearly
visible at all times to persons being conveyed in the private hire vehicles.
5. The Proprietor shall ensure the private hire vehicle shall be maintained in a sound
mechanical and structural condition at all times and be capable of satisfying the Council's
mechanical and structural inspection and the private hire limousine policy at any time
during the continuation of the vehicle's licence in respect of the vehicle.
6. The interior and exterior of the private hire vehicle shall be kept in a clean condition and
maintained in a safe condition by the Proprietor.
7. The private hire vehicle must be fitted with tyres that meet both the size and weight
specification at all times for the duration of the licence.
8. The Proprietor shall not allow the mechanical or structural specification of the private hire
vehicle to be varied that it does not comply with the private hire limousine policy without
the consent of the Council. Such consent will not be unreasonably withheld.
9. Licensed private hire vehicles must be submitted for council testing twice a year in line
with current PHV requirements.
10. Seatbelts must be fitted to all seats and must be worn at all times by passengers whilst
the vehicle is in motion.
11. Any “glass” drinking-ware in the vehicle must be made of either toughened glass or
12. Before accepting a booking, the operator must make it clear to the hirer that the vehicle is
licensed for no more than 8 passengers.
13. Where occupants in the vehicle are under the age of 16, a responsible adult other than
the driver must accompany them.
14. If passengers are under the age of 18, there should be no alcohol in the vehicle for
consumption or otherwise.
15. The licence holder shall not supply any media that, given its age classification or content,
is unsuitable for the age of the passengers in the vehicle.
16. The licence holder shall ensure that a performing rights licence is held where appropriate.
17. The vehicle must contain a fully functional portable multipurpose powder type fire
extinguisher, which bears a kite mark and is tested and installed in accordance with HSE
requirements. The vehicle must also carry a HSE approved First Aid Kit.
18. Use of fog machines, lasers, fibre optics, disco balls and Jacuzzis should comply with
relevant Health and Safety regulations and should not be used in a manner which is likely
to distract the private hire vehicle driver or other road users.
19. Where strobe lights are to be used, those hiring the vehicle should be verbally notified in
advance and the person making the booking notified, both verbally and in writing. Strobe
lighting should not be used/be turned off if so requested. Use should comply with relevant
Health and Safety regulations and should not be used in a manner, which is likely to
distract the private hire vehicle driver or other road users.
20. “Glass” mirrored ceilings must be made of an appropriate alternative to glass
21. The Proprietor of the private hire vehicle shall:
a. provide sufficient means by which any person in the private hire vehicle may
communicate with the driver during the course of the hiring;
b. cause the interior of the vehicle to be kept wind and watertight;
c. provide any necessary windows and means of opening and closing with not less than
one window on each side of the passenger compartment;
d. provide at least two doors for the use of persons conveyed in such private hire
vehicle and separate means of ingress and egress for the driver;
e. cause the seats in the passenger compartment to be properly cushioned and
f. cause the floor in the passenger compartment to be provided with a proper carpet,
mat or other suitable covering;
g. cause fittings and furniture of the private hire vehicle to be kept in a clean condition
and well maintained and in every way fit and safe for public use;
h. provide facilities for the conveyance of luggage safely and protected from inclement
22. The Proprietor shall not cause or permit any sign, notice or advertisement to be displayed
in, on or from the private hire vehicle except with the express consent of the City Council,
such consent will not be unreasonably withheld. Failure to obtain such express consent
may render the vehicle's licence liable to immediate suspension.
23. The Proprietor shall cause to be affixed and maintained in a conspicuous position in
accordance with the directions of an authorised officer of the Council any sign or notice
reasonably required from time to time by the Council. Failure to properly display or
maintain any signs or notices on the vehicles as required by the Council, may render the
vehicle’s licence liable to immediate suspension.
24. The Proprietor shall not permit the private hire vehicle to be used to carry a greater
number of passengers than the number prescribed in the licence.
25. The Proprietor shall not permit any animal belonging to or under the control of the
Proprietor or the driver to ride in the vehicle and any animal of the hirer is to be conveyed
in the rear of the vehicle (see also Condition 26). This condition will not apply in the case
of a guide, hearing or other assistance dog which must be allowed to remain with the
26. Disabled persons or those who accompany them shall not be refused conveyance on the
grounds that they are accompanied by a guide, hearing or other prescribed assistance
dog. There shall be no additional charge for conveyance of the assistance dog and it
shall be allowed to remain with the passenger. This condition will not apply if the driver
concerned has applied for and been granted a medical exemption by Manchester City
Council and is properly exhibiting a notice of such exemption in the private hire vehicle.
27. The Proprietor shall keep a copy of the private hire Driver’s Licence for all drivers driving
his/her vehicle and produce the same to an authorised Officer or Police Constable on
28. The Proprietor shall ensure that no radio equipment is fitted to any of his/her private hire
vehicles without the prior written consent of the Council where that radio equipment will
allow the driver to communicate with an Operator.
29. The Proprietor shall ensure that any radio equipment fitted to the private hire vehicle is at
all times kept in a safe and sound condition and maintained in proper working order.
30. The Proprietor of a private hire vehicle shall, within 7 days, disclose to the Council in
writing details of any convictions imposed on him during the currency of his licence.
31. The Proprietor of the private hire vehicle shall keep in force in relation to the user of the
vehicle a Policy of Insurance issued by an Insurance Company approved by the City
Council and containing such cover as to the City Council shall specify from time to time
and comply with the requirements of Part VI of the Road Traffic Act 1988. On being so
required by an authorised Officer, the Proprietor shall produce to that Officer for
examination, a Certificate of Insurance issued by the approved Insurance Company in
respect of the vehicle for the purpose of Part VI of the Road Traffic Act 1988. If the
Proprietor fails to produce such certificate to the Officer on request, the Proprietor shall
within five days of such request, produce such certificate to the Officer or other authorised
officer at the offices of the Licensing Unit at the Council.
32. Following a meeting of the Licensing & Appeals Committee on 17 September 2001, the
following conditions were introduced:
* With effect from 1 November 2001 no vehicle shall be licensed for the first time as a
private hire vehicle if it is more than 7 years since the date of its first registration
whether or not that registration is in this or any other country.
b. With effect from 1 November 2006 the Council shall not renew the licence for any
vehicle if it is more than 7 years since the date of its first registration in this or any
c. The Council may waive the age restriction in the case of individual vehicles where an
application is made and the Council considers there are exceptional circumstances.
N.B. ** 23.b) relates to all licensing renewals.
* 23.a) relates to all other circumstances.
Pursuant to Section 3 (7) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976,
any person aggrieved by any conditions attached to the grant of a licence, has the right
Any appeal must be made at Manchester Magistrates Court, Crown Square, Manchester
within 21 days of receipt.