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Taxi trade consultative group

What does the Taxi Trade Consultative Group do?

The Taxi Trade Consultative Group is a forum for discussing issues affecting the hackney carriage and private hire trades in the Borough. 

The Group has recently discussed improvements to the taxi rank at Shenfield Station, the Best Practice Guidance issued by the Government, driver training and the presence of Uber in the borough.

Who sits on the Consultative Group?

The Chair and Vice-Chair of the Licensing/Appeals Committee and the Opposition Spokesperson on the Committee represent Councillors. Hackney carriage and private hire proprietors, operators and drivers are represented by nominated individuals from the local trade.

The current representatives are:

  • Steve Smith
  • Graham Dinning
  • Paul Dartford
  • Andrew Gladen
  • Kevin Boyle
  • Andrew Earl
  • Hamish Innes
  • James Schofield
  • Paul Topley

Companies with more than five vehicles are also entitled to representation on the Consultative Group in their own right.

Officers from the Council's Licensing Section also attend the meetings.

Next Taxi Trade Consultative Group meeting To be confirmed

If you have items you wish to discuss please email