Public views sought on novelty trike taxi application

Members of the public and taxi trade are being invited to share their views on an application for a novelty motorised tricycle to become licensed for private hire in Leeds.

The council’s licensing committee considered an initial background report regarding the trike at their meeting earlier this week and agreed that a public consultation should be undertaken.

This is the first application Leeds City Council has received within the classification of a ‘novelty vehicle’ and there is a requirement for further trade and public consultation to enable council officers to prepare a draft policy and licence conditions in relation to such a vehicle, operator and driver.

The application is not for standard private hire in and around the city of Leeds. It is specifically aimed at the tourist trade and would operate within the ‘special event arena’.

Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, chair of the licensing committee, said:

“This is the first time we have received an application for novelty vehicle so it’s important that we gather the views of the public and members of the trade. We must make sure we draft a policy which takes into account respondents’ views and the different requirements of a novelty, tourist vehicle.”

The committee agreed to a public consultation period of four weeks and the closing date for submissions is Wednesday 12 June 2013.

People who wish to submit their views should email: taxiprivatehire.licensing@leeds.gov.uk


The report presented to the licensing committee and the first drafts of standard conditions (which could be changed following the consultation) can be found at:



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