Cheshire East’s licensing committee has looked at increasing some fees and charges for hackney carriage and private hire vehicles.
According to the Knutsford Guardian, the matter was being discussed at a meeting on monday 10 January.
Kim Evans, licensing team leader at the council said there were no plans to increase the fees for drivers’ licences.
“Whether that's to grant or renewal, we're not proposing to increase those this year,” she said.
“Although this is probably a very modest thing that we can do, it's one of the things that we can do to try and ensure that new applicants do come forward.”
But she said some fees and charges would have to go up.
“The fees that we charge need to cover the cost of service provision,” said Mrs Evans. “That includes staffing costs, that includes cost of materials for plates, all of the ancillary things around the licensing regime that you can imagine.
“So we have still proposed increases in the other types of licences that are there - the vehicle licences, the operator licences, and then some increases in the test fees as well and vehicle testing fees.”
At present a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle licence is £315 a year. The proposal is to increase that to £320.
The test fee would also increase by £5 from £80 to £85.
And it is proposed a five-year private hire operator’s licence would increase from £360 to £375.
All these and other proposed charges will have to be advertised and consulted on.
The committee voted to confirm the proposed fees and authorised the licensing team leader to publish them.
It also agreed that delegated authority be given to the director of environment and neighbourhood services to consider any objections received and determine the final fees payable in consultation with the chairman of the licensing committee.