Published: 06/01/2014 08:55 - Updated: 06/01/2014 09:07

Moray Council launches taxi consultation

MORAY Council has launched a consultation as part of a review of taxi and private hire licences.

A similar consultation will run in parallel in respect of public entertainment licences which are also under review by the council.

Both consultations begin today (Monday) on Monday and close on February 28, with the responses forming part of a report which is anticipated to go to the Moray Council’s licensing committee on May 7.

Views will be sought from the public, current licence holders, community councils and organisations, area forums, Police Scotland, the fire service and any other relevant stakeholders.

Taxi licences have not been reviewed for more than 10 years and limited changes have been made to public entertainment licences in that time, notably in 2011 when plays and theatrical productions and performances of hypnotism were introduced as a form of licensable public entertainment.

A council spokesman said: "The licensing committee agreed last month to undertake consultations following receipt of representations from community groups and licence holders.

"The committee also recognised that it was good practice to review licences periodically to determine whether or not they are fit for purpose. We would encourage and welcome input from all interested parties."

Online surveys for the consultations will go live via the council’s website – – on Monday and paper copies of the consultation documents will also be available at council access points and libraries. Paper copies can also be obtained by calling 01343 563027 or by e-mail at


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