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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 5 August 2020 be confirmed.
Declarations of Interest
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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Sub-Committee held on 3 September 2020 be confirmed.
Tom Charlesworth, Licensing Officer:
a) presented a report to consider an application from Christine Kimbrell (the applicant), Director of Holla Pod Taxis to licence a Zbee RS45 as a private hire vehicle
b) explained that it was the Committee’ decision whether to depart from its current policy to licence a vehicle that did not meet all of the criteria as set out in the private hire vehicle specification contained within the Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Licensing Policy
c) stated that the onus was on the applicant to explain to the Licensing Committee why it should depart from that policy and allow these types of vehicles to be licensed as private hire vehicles in Lincoln
d) highlighted that appropriate reasons should be given for the determination and if policy had been departed from, then reasons for such departure should be given
e) referred to the previous Licensing Committee held in August 2020 where the Licensing Committee heard a proposal submitted by the applicant seeking permission to licence a Tuk Tuk as a private hire vehicle. The decision of that Committee was to depart from the Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Licensing Policy to enable the applicant to licence a Tuk Tuk as a private hire vehicle, once a completed application had been received by the Licensing Team
f) explained that further to the last committee that was held, the applicant had now submitted an application for a different vehicle, a Zbee RS45. This vehicle differed significantly from the already considered Tuk Tuk and for this reason the Licensing Team had been unable to determine the application and the matter instead must be determined by the Licensing Committee
g) compared the main differences between the Tuk Tuk and Zbee which were as follows:
- The Tuk Tuk was fitted with a retractable hood whereas the Zbee had a specially designed light-weight fibreglass body that incorporated the roof of the vehicle.
- Unlike the Tuk Tuk, the Zbee did not come equipped with grab/hand rails or a spare wheel. There was a designated luggage box located at the rear of the Zbee with room for a small suitcase. Therefore unlike the Tuk Tuk the Zbee satisfied the vehicle specification contained in the policy regarding luggage requirements as detailed at paragraph 8.11 of the report.
- The Zbee was classed as a fully electric three-wheel moped (vehicle category L2e). Therefore the vehicle produced little to no noise and was 100% carbon emissions free.
- The maximum speed of the Zbee RS45 was between 26.7 to 27.9mph, which was 10mph less than the Tuk Tuk.
- The most substantial difference between the Zbee and the Tuk Tuk was that the Zbee did not come equipped with doors and it was primarily because of this reason that the Licensing Committee was asked to consider this application.
h) presented the committee with a video to give members a clearer understanding of how the coverings were attached to the body of the Zbee, which was played during the meeting ... view the full minutes text for item 16.