WHAT DOES ULODA DO?
* We represent the best interests of Uttlesford’s private hire and hackney carriage trade in discussions with the council on key matters affecting its members, including
– changes in legislation such as the implementation of the Deregulation Act in 2014
– the design and introduction of the new Licensing Policy in 2013, and its review
– the scrutiny in 2016 of the effectiveness of enforcement decision making
– the annual review since 2010 of Licensing Accounts, with input to the Budget
– the annual review of the Table of Fares for hackney carriage vehicles
– the introduction of CCTV in vehicles, initially funded by Essex County Council
– the relaunch of the taxi forum in 2016/2017 in the interests of better engagement
* We represent individual operators, proprietors and drivers who are investigated following complaints or allegations that they have offended under the legislation or breached their conditions of licence or licensing standards. We provide advice and practical support to members required to attend interviews and disciplinary meetings with council officers, the Licensing and Environmental Health Committee and case hearings in the Magistrates and Crown courts. We have established links with experts in taxi licensing and regulatory law both locally and nationally through our affiliation to the National Private Hire Association.
* ULODA co-ordinates the trade’s written and oral presentations to the council’s regulatory and scrutiny committees and attends every regular forum and meeting in collaboration with other senior members of the trade. We also represent the trade on the Uttlesford Transport Forum.
* ULODA also interacts on behalf of its members externally with the NPHA, the DfT and other national and regional agencies and partners such as Essex Police and Essex Fire and Rescue Services. We have also acted as prime consultees on matters affecting the trade at Stansted Airport.