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53 Drivers’ licences for hackney carriages and private hire vehicles.E+W

(1)(a)[F1Subject to section 53A, every] licence granted by a district council under the provisions of this Part of this Act to any person to drive a private hire vehicle shall remain in force for three years from the date of such licence or [F2for such lesser period, specified in the licence, as the district council think appropriate in the circumstances of the case] .

(b)Notwithstanding the provisions of the M1Public Health Act 1875 and the M2Town Police Clauses Act 1889, [F3but subject to section 53A, ] every licence granted by a district council under the provisions of the Act of 1847 to any person to drive a hackney carriage shall remain in force for three years from the date of such licence or [F4for such lesser period, specified in the licence, as the district council think appropriate in the circumstances of the case] .

(2)Notwithstanding the provisions of the Act of 1847, a district council may demand and recover for the grant to any person of a licence to drive a hackney carriage, or a private hire vehicle, as the case may be, such a fee as they consider reasonable with a view to recovering the costs of issue and administration and may remit the whole or part of the fee in respect of a private hire vehicle in any case in which they think it appropriate to do so.

(3)The driver of any hackney carriage or of any private hire vehicle licensed by a district council shall at the request of any authorised officer of the council or of any constable produce for inspection his driver’s licence either forthwith or—

(a)in the case of a request by an authorised officer, at the principal offices of the council before the expiration of the period of five days beginning with the day following that on which the request is made;

(b)in the case of a request by a constable, before the expiration of the period aforesaid at any police station which is within the area of the council and is nominated by the driver when the request is made.

(4)If any person without reasonable excuse contravenes the provisions of this section, he shall be guilty of an offence.

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F2Words in s. 53(1)(a) substituted (1.10.2015) by Deregulation Act 2015 (c. 20), ss. 10(2)(a), 115(7); S.I. 2015/994, art. 11(d)

F4Words in s. 53(1)(b) substituted (1.10.2015) by Deregulation Act 2015 (c. 20), ss. 10(2)(b), 115(7); S.I. 2015/994, art. 11(d)

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C1S. 53: functions of local authority not to be responsibility of an executive of the authority (E.) (16.11.2000) by virtue of S.I. 2000/2853, reg. 2(1), Sch. 1 Table B4

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