Licensing Policies

CCTV in Licensed Vehicles – Consultation (call for evidence)

The Department for Transport (DfT) published its Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards in July 2020 with a strong focus to protect all passengers and users of taxis and private hire transport services. The statutory guidance makes it clear that the Government expects the recommendations contained within it to be implemented unless there is a compelling local reason not to.

The DfT’s Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards states that:

“All licensing authorities should consult to identify if there are local circumstances which indicate that the installation of CCTV in vehicles would have either a positive or an adverse net effect on the safety of taxi and private hire vehicle users, including children or vulnerable adults, and taking into account potential privacy issues.”

Further to this, the Licensing Committee of East Cambridgeshire District Council is now calling for evidence from licence holders, members of the public, and other key stakeholders via a 12 week consultation. All responses will be considered at a future meeting of the Licensing Committee, with Members instructing Officers on how to proceed following this meeting.

You can submit an online questionnaire via the link below, or you can download a .pdf version, and once completed, email it to licensing@eastcambs.gov.uk. Alternatively, you can print a copy off, and post it to the Council Offices.   

Privacy notice and data retention policy

In fulfilling its statutory duties the Licensing Authority handles large amounts of personal data, and to a lesser extent sensitive personal data. The document below is the Licensing Authorities privacy and data retention policy. 

Enforcement Policy

Gambling Act 2005 - Statement of Principles 2022 

At least every 3 years, the Licensing Authority is required to consult and publish a Statement of Principles relating to the carrying out of its functions under the Gambling Act 2005. 

In accordance with the Gambling Act 2005 and Gambling Commission Guidance to Local Authorities, East Cambridgeshire District Council reviewed its Statement of Principles relating to the Gambling Act 2005 this year. The revised statement was adopted by Full Council on 21 October 2021 following a period of consultation, and published in accordance with the Gambling Act 2005 on 22 October 2021. The new policy came into effect on 31 January 2022, and can be found below. 

Licensing Act 2003 - Statement of Licensing Policy 2021

Every 5 years the Licensing Authority is required to consult and publish a Statement of Licensing Policy relating to the carrying out of its functions under the Licensing Act 2003.

In accordance with the Licensing Act 2003 East Cambridgeshire District Council has reviewed its Statement of Licensing Policy to come into effect on 7 January 2021. Public consultation on the revised Statement of Licensing Policy took place from 14 June 2020 to 14 August 2020. The revised Statement of Licensing Policy was adopted by Full Council on 22 October 2020, and was published on 10 November 2020. The new policy came into effect on 7 January 2021.

Animal Welfare Regulations 2018 - Statement of Licensing Policy

Charity collections - Statements of Licensing Policy

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 - Statement of Licensing Policy and Guidance for Applicants

Street Trading - Statement of Licensing Policy

Sex Establishments - Statement of Licensing Policy