Consultation on taxi changes
For collectors of WCisms, there's a nice example in this release - "utilised to support other operations" means "closed".
Wiltshire Council is seeking feedback from taxi drivers and the public on proposals to change the county's taxi licensing zones.
At present, the council area operates four zones - north, south, east and west - and it is proposing to change this to one single licensing zone that covers the whole Wiltshire Council area.
Each zone represents an area that a taxi can accept fares in - for example, a taxi in Chippenham would be licensed to the north, which means they could only take fares in this area. If the licensing area is changed to one council-wide zone, that operator could then accept fares in any part of the Wiltshire Council authority area.
This could save them money and reduce fuel consumption, as if they were dropping off in one area outside of their current zone, they wouldn't have to travel back to their original area to pick up a new fare, as they currently do. This would be particularly useful for taxi drivers that take and collect school pupils, as they could take the pupils to school, work for the day in the same area if they wish, before collecting the pupils at the end of the school day.
As part of the current system of four zones, the council also has to keep four workshops open to inspect the vehicles. When the proposals go ahead, some of these workshops could be utilised to support other operations.
The consultation is open until 5pm on Friday 10 June. People can have their say on a number of options, including keeping the licensing zones as they currently are, moving to a single zone, or moving to two zones - north and south. People can also share their views about the proposals.
To take part in the consultation, go to www.wiltshire.gov.uk/licences-permits-transport.