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Hackney Carriage Demand Study ... more information

The Council commissioned its latest study into demand for hackney carriage ('taxi') services in Torridge District in 2016.

Torridge District Council currently restricts the number of taxi licences it issues.  By law, a Council may only restrict licence numbers if it is satisfied that there is no unmet demand for taxi services in its area.  Councils generally test the level of demand by carrying out a professional, independent survey based on rank observations and public consultation.  The Department for Transport recommends that surveys are conducted at regular intervals in order to provide up to date, accurate data.

In October 2015 the Licensing Committee resolved to maintain its policy of restriction of taxi licence numbers and to commission an up to date demand study. The Council commissioned CTS traffic and transportation, a firm with many years experience in the transport arena, to undertake the study.  CTS produced its final report in August 2016 and this was presented to the Council's Licensing Committee on 25th August 2016.   The key finding of the report is that there is currently no significant unmet demand for hackney carriage services in Torridge District.  However, the study found that there had been a growth in passengers using the Bideford taxi rank since 2012 when the last study was carried out and recommended demand should be monitored.

The limit remains unchanged at 49 licences.  The policy will be reviewed again in three years' time or sooner if there is any evidence of potential unmet demand.

A copy of the full report can be downloaded by clicking on the icon on the right.