Taxi and Private Hire Enforcement

Lee Ward made this Freedom of Information request to St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council,

During the years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019,2020 and 2021 how many times did Taxi & Private Hire Licensing Enforcement Officers visit the following districts to conduct enforcement checks on the drivers and vehicles that are licensed by yourselves.
Birmingham City Council

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

Cheshire West & Chester Council

City of Wolverhampton Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Leicester City Council

Liverpool City Council

Manchester City Council

Oldham Council

Rochdale Borough Council

Rossendale Borough Council

Salford City Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Trafford Council

Sefton Council

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Walsall Council

Wigan Council

Wirral Council

For clarity, I am not asking for enforcement within your local district but for checks made on vehicles/drivers licensed by yourselves that are working occasionally, predominantly, or exclusively in the districts listed where your officers have had to travel to in order to undertake these enforcement checks.

If you have undertaken enforcement exercises in any of these districts, then how many vehicles/drivers were checked on each occasion?

Yours faithfully,

Lee Ward

Contact Centre, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

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Subject:Freedom of Information request - Taxi and Private Hire Enforcement

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content is safe. Dear St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council, During the
years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019,2020 and 2021 how many times did Taxi &
Private Hire Licensing Enforcement Officers visit the following districts
to conduct enforcement checks on the drivers and vehicles that are
licensed by yourselves. Birmingham City Council Bolton Metropolitan
Borough Council Bury Metropolitan Borough Council Cheshire West & Chester
Council City of Wolverhampton Council Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council Leicester City Council Liverpool
City Council Manchester City Council Oldham Council Rochdale Borough
Council Rossendale Borough Council Salford City Council Stockport
Metropolitan Borough Council Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
Trafford Council Sefton Council Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Walsall Council Wigan Council Wirral Council For clarity, I am not asking
for enforcement within your local district but for checks made on
vehicles/drivers licensed by yourselves that are working occasionally,
predominantly, or exclusively in the districts listed where your officers
have had to travel to in order to undertake these enforcement checks. If
you have undertaken enforcement exercises in any of these districts, then
how many vehicles/drivers were checked on each occasion? Yours faithfully,
Lee Ward
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Dear Contact Centre,

This FOI is well overdue and a prompt response would now be welcome.

Failure to do so will now result in this matter to be reported to the ICO.

Yours sincerely,

Lee Ward

Matthew Lockett left an annotation ()

I'd suggest reporting them to the ICO now, and not give them any more chances.

They seem incapable of complying with the law.

I'm still waiting for a response to a request I made in May, despite the ICO finding them in breach of the legislation.

The more of us that complain, the more likely the ICO will be to take action.

St.Helens Council, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Ward

 

In response to your request re: enforcement in other areas.

 

St Helens do not routinely conduct checks in other Licensing Authorties.

 

Lorraine Simpson

Licensing Manager

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