Users of taxis and private hires across Cheshire West and Chester have until this weekend to comment on a consultation.

The borough council’s licensing team says it would like to hear from residents who have used or use licensed taxis and private hires in the borough as part of a consultation on its approach.

The council is responsible for licensing taxis, private hire vehicles and drivers.

Licensed taxis, otherwise known as Hackney cabs, can be hired immediately from a rank or by hailing in the street while private hire vehicles can only be booked through a licensed operator.

Level of service

Questions in the consultation include the level of service received and how easy it is to obtain the right vehicle, at the right time.

The council says it is also is keen to hear from users or potential users who consider themselves disabled or who have particular vehicular needs.

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Cllr Mark Henesy (Lab), the council’s cabinet member for environment and community, said: “Please take part in the consultation and let us know what you thought of the service you received.”

Council website

The consultation appears on the council website at www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/hackneyandprivatehirelicensing or can be found in the consultations, petitions and public questions section under the list of current consultations.

Other ways to take part include by email to Licensing@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

Comments are due by Sunday, February 21.

The consultation is aimed at the public as a separate consultation is being undertaken with owners, drivers and operators of hackney cabs and private hire vehicles.