Taxi Forum Agenda 26/10/2016 and draft forum minutes 20/07/2016

October 12, 2016

Brighton & Hove Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Consultation Forum

Meeting in Committee Room 3, Brighton Town Hall, Brighton

13.30pm Wednesday 26th October 2016


1. Apologies

2. Suicide Prevention

3. Minutes from last meeting

Draft Taxi Forum Minutes 20/07/2016

4. Traffic Management, Ranks, Brighton Station

5. Sussex Police

6. Fares (GMB)


8. Dft Draft Best Practice Guidance

9. Enforcement

10. Items for next Meeting

11. Date of next meeting

Thursday 16th February 2017

10.00am Room G91, Hove Town Hall. (Reception Entrance not Customer Service Reception)

Should any B&H licensed driver wish to put forward any ideas or concerns, relating to the above agenda and/or previous forum minutes, could they please contact the PH Ass via the contact details in the top right corner of the site, or via the usual suspects.

Officer wants to thank taxi driver who helped him on a police chase

August 21, 2016

Source: Brighton and Hove Independant

A quick-thinking taxi driver helped a police officer in Hove catch a suspected criminal. Now, the officer involved wants to thank the taxi driver, as he didn’t have time to get his details.

Police said at around 11.30pm on July 29, officers stopped a vehicle in Cowper Street after police suspected drugs may be being transported inside it. While one officer detained one suspect in the vehicle, the other suspect ran from police.

Sergeant Andy Newman chased the quick-footed suspect and was soon assisted by a taxi driver and his passenger who gave him a lift. The taxi driver drove the officer to the end of Rutland Road, when Sgt Newman directed the driver to stop and then managed to detain the suspect. The driver and passenger then checked the officer was okay before going on their way.

While awaiting for his colleagues to arrive at the scene another member of the public also stopped and asked him if he required any assistance. Sgt Newman said: “I was on my own with a suspect so I was gutted that I didn’t get a chance to get the details of those who assisted me as I would like to thank them for their actions.

It is fantastic to know that we have support from the public.” Officers found a large quantity of cocaine during the search. A 31-year-old man from Hove was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cocaine, supplying cocaine, possession of criminal property and being carried in a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and a 62-year-old Portslade man was arrested on suspicion of possession of cocaine and possession with intent to supply cocaine.

They have been released on bail until October 11. If you were the taxi driver or passenger involved, get in touch with police by emailing or ring 101 quoting serial 1709 of 29/07.

Uber open up their App for Brighton Pride

August 5, 2016


Pretty sure they told the Licensing Committee that they would only use B&H taxi/PH in B&H.

Minutes of Taxi Forum Wednesday 20th July 2016

August 5, 2016

Please find below minutes of the last forum.

DRAFT Taxi Forum Minutes 20th July 2016

Taxi Forum Agenda 20th July 2016, and draft minutes from Taxi Forum 14th April 2016.

July 8, 2016

Brighton & Hove Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Consultation Forum

Meeting in Committee Room 3, Brighton Town Hall, Brighton

13.30pm Wednesday 20th July 2016



1. Apologies

2. Minutes from last meeting

DRAFT Taxi Forum Minutes 14.04.2016

3. Safe Space

4. Traffic Management, Ranks, Brighton Station

5. Hollingbury Terrace Rank

6. Ship Street

7. Sussex Police



10. Catstream Training (Streamline)

11. Fares (GMB)

12. Forum Terms of Reference (Streamline)

13. Customer Service Centre –processing forms, incl. Renewals

14. Enforcement

15. Items for next Meeting

16. Date of next meeting

Wednesday 26th October 2016 – Venue TBC

Should any B&H licensed driver wish to put forward any ideas or concerns, relating to the above agenda and/or previous forum minutes, could they please contact the PH Ass via the contact details in the top right corner of the site, or via the usual suspects.

Man holds knife to taxi driver’s face before robbing him from the back seat

April 22, 2016

A MAN is on the run having committed an armed robbery from the back of a taxi.

At around 12.50am on Monday the man, pictured, got into the back of a taxi on the Old Steine, Brighton.

He asked the driver to take him to Abbey Road but during the journey directed him to Sudeley Place where the taxi stopped.

On asking for the fare, the man reached forward from the back passenger seat and grabbed at the driver’s money bag with one hand and held a knife to his face with the other.

The driver tried to push the man’s hands away but he managed to grab the money bag containing £80 to 90 and ran away from the taxi.

Detective constable Paul Ash said: “The suspect is described as white with a local accent, in his early 20s, around 5ft 10in in height and of an average build.

“He had a long thin face with dark short hair and a large scab on his right eyebrow.

“This was an extremely serious and violent attack on an innocent member of the public trying to go about their job.

“It was a very scary attack on the taxi driver who was clearly shaken by what happened, but thankfully uninjured.

“We are urging anyone who recognises this man to contact police or if they can offer any information on what happened.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on quoting serial 34 of April 18.

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via

Three largest B&H Taxi/PH operators request anti illegal immigrant information from drivers

March 25, 2016

22nd March 2016


Dear Driver

Re: Immigration Task Force

We are writing collectively to all drivers of Brighton & Hove Streamline, Southern Taxis and Brighton & Hove Radio Cabs on the matter affecting us all and requiring your immediate action. We anticipate that you will already be aware from the media (the Argus, Brighton & Hove News, South Today and Meridian) of the actions being taken by the Immigration Task Force for Kent and Sussex and who have contacted each of the circuit operators. As a result, each of the companies must undertake an immediate audit and verification of the identification documentation provided for all Private Hire and Hackney Licensed drivers on their circuit, including their Journeymen, whether you are a regular or occasional driver and even if you just maintain such a license for a “rainy day” and do not currently drive.

Although to date we have required from you various forms of identification documentation in addition to the production of your UK Driving License, Council License, together with a copy of your insurance and MOT (where applicable), the Immigration Service consider that we need to keep and maintain more detailed records on your behalf. We are now required for you to produce to us straightaway identification documentation as though you are an employee of the “circuits”. Whilst you are clearly not an “employee” of the circuit and we disagree with the Immigration Service as to such requirements, the risk of failing to comply would result in very substantial financial penalties being imposed and which would of course be to the detriment of as all! Furthermore, if you do have Journeymen drive your vehicle, (whether your vehicle is a “Hackney” or “Private Hire”) the Immigration Service could consider you, like us as operators, to be as though you are an “employer” and you may be well advised to maintain the records now required by us for those Journeymen as well as ensuring we have those details. A copy of this letter is being sent to all Journeymen whose details are known to us at the same time as writing to all owners/drivers of “Hackney” and Private Hire vehicles, and so that none of us can fall foul of these requirements of the Immigration Service.

We think you will have appreciated the seriousness with which we as operators take the action of the Immigration Service and of their requirements and the urgency with which there must be compliance. In the circumstances, we have no alternative but to require you and your Journeymen to do likewise and when next coming to each of our offices to pay your subs. If you are paying us by way of direct debit, you still need to come to the office. We need everyone to do so but anyone who fails to do so by 1st April 2016 will face the computer being switched off and if you were paying your subs by way of direct debit the mandate will be cancelled. If we have already been notified of a current holiday commitment or indeed sickness, we will of course extend the deadline to try to accommodate.

The documents that we need you to produce to your “circuit” office are the originals from the attached lists marked “A” or “B”. If in doubt bring with you all documents, you have in both lists “A” and “B”.

We would thank you in anticipation of your understanding and co-operation.


Documents List A and B

Council request drivers stop polluting City unnecessarily

March 25, 2016

Dear all

We write further to receipt of a complaint from a member of the public regarding licensed vehicles leaving their engines running, particularly on the East St rank.

There are no specific plate numbers mentioned in the complaint, and so this is just a reminder for all drivers to ensure that if they are waiting on a rank that their engines are switched off until they have cause to move forwards.

Clearly, the East St rank can move very quickly at certain times of the day/week, but please use good judgement. If it is clear you will not be immediately moving forward, please switch your engine off. This not only helps with emissions but also with noise disturbance.

All vehicles should now be displaying the “engine off” transfers on the rear. If there are any vehicles which we have missed, please contact us so that these can be affixed.

Many thanks for your time and co-operation,

Hackney Carriage Office.

Becca McMenamin – Licensing Enforcement Officer

Hackney Carriage Waiting List 2016/17

February 27, 2016

Dear All

Please find below a link to the Hackney Carriage Waiting List application screen on the Councils website or you can search “taxi applications” on the Council’s website.

Only applications received between 1st & 31st of March will be included on the waiting list.

 Waiting List Applications

If you could please remind drivers that may wish to apply


Martin Seymour

Hackney Carriage Officer

Taxi Community Letter regarding Hate Crime

February 27, 2016

Joint letter from Sussex Police and Brighton & Hove City Council regarding Hate Crime that is currently taking place within the taxi/PH trade.

Dear Members of the Brighton & Hove Taxi Community,

It has recently come to the notice of Sussex Police and the Brighton and Hove City Council that incidents of hate are being committed between members of the Brighton & Hove Taxi working community. This has appeared to have manifested through a growing culture of intolerance between taxi drivers.

Sussex Police are committed to investigate any incident perceived by a victim, or any other person, to be motivated by hate. Hate includes hostility or prejudice towards an individual because of, among other characteristics, that person’s race, ethnicity, religion or belief.

Incidents of hate can feel like crimes to those who suffer them and often escalate to crimes or tension in a community. Sussex Police are working alongside their partners to encourage the reporting of hate-related incidents and ensure that victims are fully supported. Any hate-related incident will be thoroughly investigated by Sussex Police and offenders brought swiftly to justice.

The Blue Handbook for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire, Drivers, Vehicles and Operators states: ‘the Council will expect to see holders and applicants continuously demonstrate that they can meet or exceed specifications set by council in the four licensing objectives…’ These objectives include the prevention of crime and disorder and the safety and health of the public and drivers.

The Licensing Authority will consider using their powers to suspend or revoke a licence depending on the seriousness of any established misbehaviour.

To report a hate crime, call the Sussex Police Contact Centre on 101 or visit Brighton Police Station at John Street. In an emergency, call 999 immediately. Alternatively, you can report hate crime to Brighton and Hove Council on 01273 292735 or email

Please help us to fight hate within our communities and throughout the City of Brighton & Hove.

Thank you.

Chris Veale – Sussex Police

Jo Player – Brighton and Hove City Council