Bridgend Taxi fares-GO for a Hike-Cabinet approval-Taxi Meter calibration-call in period-implementation hold-Witchell Stick comes on the record quick

This is a special late edition news from the BIT organisation coming to you in Mid Glamorgan in Wales, in a constitutional special edition for your thoughts, where ever you are in the World

You ever been caught by surprise, folks



Earlier today in a historic moment for local Cabbies, Bridgend Taxi Fares were announced as approved by Bridgend Cabinet, and of course well before Christmas day


But later of course we learn, cab fares now delayed until 2 Feb 2019 potentially, because the decision by Cabinet is subject to the councils constitutional process – call in period – on page 99 section 18, where all Councillors must be given notice of the Cabinet decision, before any implementation, folks


There is mention of a 3 day notice period by email or notice in council offices for those that need to be involved in the constitutional process


Basically all the Councillors, all need to be officially served notice of the proceedings outcome, with the option to ask for the matter to be put under further scrutiny for whatever reason they may have


The Tariff approved once implemented, a feeling given the process thus far, will leave local cabbies counting their pennies at the end of their shifts


Another serious dilemma, is if the new mentioned contamination fee is asked for by a cabbie, a subject covered in a previous blog, where the police will not attend, putting cabbies under even more pressure in such a circumstance, with legal complications with civil court fees, and time out to cover the charge in court time,if defended by the passenger


It should be noted the contamination fee currently stands at ONE HUNDRED POUNDS

On the council website it read recently as part of a link found on google-

Taxi fares flagged for first rise since 2011 – Bridgend County Borough …

1 Nov 2018 – Drivers were also keen for the soiling charge to increase to £125. … 

Court fees

You must pay a court fee when you make your claim.

The fee for making a money claim online is cheaper than the fee for sending a paper claim form.

If you know the claim amount

The court fee is based on the amount you’re claiming, plus interest.

Claim amount Paper form fee Online claim fee
Up to £300 £35 £25


Policy officer – legal ramifications
  • Mr MoneyPenny <>
    To:Daniel Cook
    14 Dec at 08:58

    Good morning

    The legal facts for shared regulatory services and Cabinet

    Is £125 enforceable because it’s written on a taxi tariff?
    Answer not by the Police
    In fact it has been proven that the charge exceeds the byelaws for street soiling
    The story is available with factual comments from South Wales Police
    We would recommend you do not ignore.
    It is already irresponsible to not inform the public this is a civil matter.
    When you have 60+issues, this is just another.
    This email may form part of an ombudsman’s assessment.
    Yours sincerely
    Senior Partner
    BIT organisation – Taxi Watch Dog Wales

As you can see Taxi Watch dog has warned the council that the contamination fee if implemented, had legal ramifications for the council as the charge is excessive, as a Judge may argue Drive is asking for too much if he/she were to take civil action against a passenger, who did not have the money to pay such a large amount at the time

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In court the passenger could argue the charge was excessive and crazy, in a counter claim or counter argument, using Cardiff Taxi trade as an example, after all Dave Holland is shared regulatory services, and there are others like Swansea, as well as others, when you go look at their charges for contamination displayed on their tariffs, which has no real legal footing for the police to get involved we must remind you


Earlier on our – we had these comments from a member of the public

Gareth Long – What I can see ….. Who come up with the proposal ideas ???
Honest to God u need to rethink…
T2-3+4 u got 22p per click where we on 25p click now…(where’s the sense) And putting up the contamination fee to £125. You can’t get £50 out of a drunk person let alone £125


As you will see further below, the new potential tariff has that 2 pence factor, and the £125 contamination fee coming the publics way any time soon



Listen in to the way this consultation process has been approved, and what will be needed going forward for the trade, along with the objections raised, which were few


The Taxi Watch Dog team did their home work on this one, and the outcome was what was expected, contrary to those out of touch in the trade for years, and to this day, that said the Bridgend public would object to a hike in taxi fares, or would simply walk 5 miles instead of getting in a cab

We now listen in, with a running commentary from TAXI WATCH DOG all tidy like

calibration – no later than 02 Feb – ill do the jokes as meter will be calibrated 19/12/18 and so you have been advised3
  • Mr MoneyPenny <>
    To:Yvonne Witchell
    Cc:Daniel Cook
    18 Dec at 18:15
    Without prejudice
    The parting of the sea
    Good day
    I must come on the record in the public interests and the trade at this time
    I note previous contact has been ignored by licensing header, although I note Daniel Cook coming on the record in good faith, as he should in such circumstances
    Calibration is now taking place, effectively Hackney 555 will be calibrated forthwith, to reflect the decision of Cabinet today. I note cllr Patel confirms the cost of £15 to calibrate a TAXI METER
    The Taxi Watch Dog is here to stay, and the sooner licensing and shared regulatory services get used to it the better off they will be in Bridgend OR THE SHARED REGULATORY SERVICES DOMAIN
    The public have spoken and confirmed the BIT survey over 2 years WAS RIGHT.     The Taxi Trade of Bridgend can now reflect on this fact
    This email may be used as evidence in a matter of law or fare setting
    Yours Sincerely
    Senior Partner
    Taxi Watch Dog Wales


  • Mr MoneyPenny <>
    To:Daniel Cook
    Cc:Beth Owen
    18 Dec at 21:13
    Good morning
    This email is a public notice
    As time is of the essence
    Can Daniel Cook now come on the record and confirm to DHM services the calibration settings so DHM services may adjust hackney carriage 555 and all Bridgend Hackney Carriages at will effective immediate
    We await your response without fail in view of the festive season, and closing times
    Yours Sincerely
    D Nelson
    Senior Partner
    Taxi Watch Dog Wales
    BIT organisation – free public service in the interests of saving costs
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    An in bound email is received from Yvonne Witchell licensing header, aka – Witchell Stick, who has been ignoring key questions put to her recently in an email regarding – unreasonable testing appointments for the trade
    Thus leaving many cabs going in for test just before their expiry as one example
    With more questions relating to their procedures in place or not in place surrounding the admin applied by the council in processing and issuing paper work to the trade
    such as the issue of a hackney certificate, in good time, so drive can have them when he or she should, to upload to private hire operators systems, and insurance company systems
    Yvonne Witchell -header for licensing, comes on the record rather quickly, on this one folks, there was no sticking on this one for a long while as you will see, after an email sent flushed out the learned licensing officer caught cherry picking her emails to reply to, at the same time
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    Meter calibration 2
    • licensing <>
      19 Dec at 15:04

      Dear Mr Nelson,

      I write in reference to your email to Daniel Cook advising that you intend to calibrate your meter on 19 December 2018, following Cabinet’s decision to approve the new table of fares.

      As with all Cabinet decisions, it is subject to a call-in period whereby a Councillor may call-in the decision for further scrutiny. As a result, the new tariff cannot be implemented during the call-in period. Further information regarding the call-in process can be found within the Council’s constitution available at

      We will be in contact in due course and provided the decision is not called in, the tariff will be implemented no later than 2 February 2019.

      Please note that until the new tariff has been implemented, the current tariff remains in effect and it is an offence to charge more than the legal fare.

      Kind regards,

      Yvonne Witchell

      Rheolydd Tîm, Trwyddedu (Pen-y-Bont a’r Fro) | Team Manager, Licensing (Bridgend and Vale)                               


      Gwasanaethau Gweithredol a Phartneriaethol | Operational and Partnership Services

      Cyngor Bwrdeistref Siriol Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr | Bridgend County Borough Council

      Ffôn/Phone: (01656) 643643

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      Gwefan / Website:


    What this means of course the trade must wait till all the Councillors are to be updated on Cabinets decision making by electronic communication, and or on a notice board at civic offices
    They will then have an opportunity within 3 days of the notification, to voice their objections-opinions as it were, and then the matter must be put under further scrutiny or go forward as …
    Mr MoneyPenny <>
    19 Dec at 15:07

    I note my previous email regarding taxis has nor been replied to

    A message was left on licensing voice mail.
    When will I get a reply ?
    Yours sincerely
    D Nelson
    Taxi Watch Dog
    BIT organisation
    Taxi test – anxiety attack – HC5552
    • Mr MoneyPenny <>
      6 Dec at 12:27

      Good afternoon

      Wendy should note I did not refuse to renew the license. As my body like all taxi drivers require food etc, it would be stupid for any would be professional at licensing to jump to a conclusion that I am refusing to renew or pay for my license.

      Following a visit to the Brackla testing station some 40 miles from my home rather than an MOT centre, I found I was unable to book my test date in 6 months time.
      As it is unacceptable as a taxi driver to have a test date one date prior to expiry, which causes unnecessary anxiety, what dates are available two weeks or more before the new expiry of the licence for HC555?
      I look forward to your department coming on the record on this matter in good time.
      This email may form part of an ombudsman investigation
      Yours sincerely
      D NELSON

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