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1 The Sustainable Travel Group Welcome to: Taxi Operators Forum 24 th May 2012

2 Taxi Forum Introductions Mark Watters (Chair) Team Leader – Business Development & Support Dave Smith Team Leader – Quality Team Peter Haines Quality Officer – Quality Team Janna Walker Senior Contract Manager – Contracts Team Rob Whittaker Public Transport Policy Manager - Policy & Information Team Biddy Small Team Leader – Policy & Information

3 Taxi Forum Agenda Housekeeping –Please turn mobiles off, no fire drills expected –Please hold all questions until the very end Review of the year Presentations from myself, Dave, Rob and Janna Questions and Answers / Your Views session

4 Taxi Forum Review of 2011/12 (with the help of the Working Group) Launch of eMarketplace for social care transport providing an opportunity for taxi operators to widen their business (see ) Yet more changes to CRB scheme Requirement for escorts to have a reasonable standard of English Safeguarding issues: dont use Facebook or give out mobile numbers to clients. Guides available on our website. Extension of SV2 Framework Agreement for another year to 30 th April 2013 New rules on contract cover costs (see November 2011 minutes) Changes to transport provision policies Early payment discount scheme Gearing up for eAuctions Financial position of the Authority

5 Taxi Forum Local transport policy changes Currently consulting on proposals to save £750,000 over two years Significant impact on current local bus service network Proposal to replace 9 bus services with Demand Responsive Transport services Other bus services also affected Details:

6 Taxi Forum Taxi Opportunities Proposals are subject to political approval A few (bus services) into many (DRT) Services designed around meeting the essential travel needs of residents Significant opportunities for work after 09:30 and before 15:30

7 Taxi Forum School transport update No change in Mainstream Policy for September 2012 and charges remain the same Reductions in transport at: – De Lisle – South Charnwood – Stoke Golding St. Martins – Enderby Brockington – Groby Brookvale & CC – Countesthorpe College Note: commercial operation at some of the above already planned.

8 Taxi Forum tendering Issues A reminder to please quote You might think you wont win because you think the price is high or the job is out of your area, but we do have some contracts with little interest therefore please bid! If youre not in you cant win!

9 Taxi Forum tendering issues We have had a number of contractors who have recently not been fully completing tender returns. Example:

10 Taxi Forum tendering issues Please remember to fully complete Section A before returning your tender. If you do not you may not win the tender even if you are the lowest price i.e. if we do not know who you are or what you can offer in respect of vehicles and escorts etc; we cannot chase round seeking clarification. In these cases we may simply go to the next nearest lowest quote from an operator who has completed the form correctly.

11 Taxi Forum Communications Update STG is looking to improve communications with contractors with particular regard to contract requirements – and changes If contractors have a specific person who deals with Council contracts please let us know and we will note on our records (with their phone number and details) We will undertake to confirm arrangements by fax or e- mail after a telephone conversation. We are proposing to ask that our verbal requests are read back – to check that they have been correctly noted.

12 Taxi Forum CRB Update 28 th May – 31 st August 2012 phasing in new tighter Identity Checking requirements The new ID checking process will have three routes that can be used: – Route One: the applicant produces a document from Group 1 (Primary Trusted Identity Credentials) and 2 further documents from Group 1 or 2, one of which must verify the applicants current address – Route Two: the applicant produces three documents from Group 2 comprising one from 2a (Trusted Government/State Issued Documents) and two further documents from Group 2a or 2b one of which must verify the applicants current address. Organisations conducting the ID check are then required to ensure an external ID validation service is used to check the applicant against their records to verify the applicants name and address history.

13 Taxi Forum CRB Update – Route Three: only to be used if routes One or Two are not available. The applicant must produce: i)A certified copy of a UK birth certificate and ii)Four further documents from Group 2 consisting of one document from Group 2a and 3 further documents from Group 2a or 2b, one of which must verify their current address. Applicants who cannot satisfy the ID requirements of the above are obliged to be fingerprinted! For latest info on CRB see new websites: - general info for CRB applicants and the public - info for registered bodies and businesses - corporate info and publications

14 Taxi Forum Compliance – Issues of the moment 1 Accident reporting – accidents occurring when carrying passengers are fortunately very rare, owing in no small part to the professionalism of drivers that contractors use. However, contractors are reminded that they must report to STG any accident whilst on contract operations as soon as possible after the event. Any accident involving injury or suspected injury should be reported to the emergency services.

15 Taxi Forum Compliance – Issues of the moment 2 Vehicle Excise Licences – contractors are reminded it is their duty to ensure that any vehicle used on a contract service displays a valid licence Those contractors who purchase their licences on line must allow sufficient time for the licence to be posted to them so that it reaches them before the old one has expired The Council will investigate every case where a valid excise licence is not displayed and where it is found that the vehicle has been operated without a valid licence being purchased (as well as not displayed) it is extremely likely the contract in question will be terminated and other punitive action taken against the contractor Driver registration scheme – contractors are reminded to notify the STG when setting on drivers who are new to them, or indeed when drivers leave them.

16 Taxi Forum Compliance – Issues of the moment 3 Safeguarding – Facebook and the internet – Mobile phones – Giving or receiving gifts to/from passengers Guidelines leaflets have been updated and will be sent to taxi operators and families during the summer (also available online).

17 Taxi Forum Compliance – Issues of the moment 4 Selling/Buying another taxi business which holds contracts with LCC Please notify LCC as soon as possible to discuss proposals and potential changes to contract arrangements Trading as "Z Taxis" - keeping the business running under existing arrangements Novating LCC contracts - must be requested, not always granted Tender Framework updated. Details of change of ownership should be provided to LCC.

18 Taxi Forum Olympic Torch Relay Monday 2 nd/ Tue 3rd July 2012 Local and School Service disruption will be inevitable Further information from:

19 Taxi Forum Olympic Torch Relay

20 Taxi Forum Training Update STG will run more Helping Hands courses during the year, both during school terms and in school holidays Melton Council using this course to satisfy training need for disability awareness of all taxi drivers in their Borough.

21 Taxi Forum Training Update STG are preparing generic risk assessments for establishments These will indicate traffic flows around the site and recommended parking areas They will also give an idea of who the establishment caters for – which may help contractors to allocate appropriate drivers/escorts

22 Taxi Forum eAuctions - overview Works like eBay in reverse, but requires live bidding at a preset day and time Requires operators to be registered on the web portal Trial contracts this summer Will still be tendering by as can only eAuction the more stable contracts – will give longer termination notice too Working group has expressed interest in doing business this way Full support will be given by STG and online training also available

23 Taxi Forum eAuctions Operator Benefits Operators are able to submit numerous bids Operators are able to react in a live environment Able to calculate a price for a contract prior to the eAuction Operators may win a contract at a higher price than the price you would have won during a normal tender Open and transparent Operators know almost immediately if they are in contention to win a contract or not and can focus their resources accordingly Contracts will remain in place if there are no significant changes Notice period of contracts tendered through the eAuctions will be extended to 1 calendar month by either party Become eligible to be considered for an annual inflationary price increase

24 Taxi Forum eAuctions How it works Tenders will be grouped into areas based on the Leicestershire Districts Due North Web Portal Contracts published on LCC website before the auction Interested operators must register to participate Registered participants will then be invited to participate in the event Training eAuction available prior to live event

25 Taxi Forum eAuctions How it works – Bidding Bidding for all contracts in the eAuction will start and finish together The eAuction will last initially for 30 minutes All bidding is legally binding and all bidding is anonymous Participants must not get carried away with the bidding, and keep a close eye on their rank position Participants in winning position will be notified that they are in position 1 If more than one participant has submitted the lowest price, then they will be notified that they are in position=1 Note that there is a minimum £250 penalty if you win an eAuction and withdraw before the start of the contract or within a month of its start

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30 Sharing of data with other authorities Details of your inclusion on our frameworks are publicly available (on website) We share mailing lists with other LAs – this may generate more business for you and helps keep you informed of what each LA is doing

31 Taxi Forum Invoicing No apologies for covering this again – so please help us to help you! The following are the main problems with invoices: No Invoice number! Incorrectly addressed Wrong prices quoted Addition errors Wrong VAT amounts Not quoting Contract numbers No reference to dates of operation (or even which month) Not declaring journeys not operated/varied Handwritten is still acceptable but must be clear and hold all the details needed. We take false declarations very seriously – can lead to barring from tender list and we will seek to recover over claimed monies.

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33 Invoicing Examples of bad invoices:

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35 Invoicing Template available on our website.

36 Taxi Forum Invoicing Template and instructions are on our website Reminder that contract payment terms are 30 days (unless you want to join the 1% discount scheme). Please note that we also expect operators to bill in good time – very late invoices wont be paid (12+ months) Audits across all services – Contacting schools/parents/carers to confirm travel – Spot checks on site (also for quality compliance) – Returning incorrect invoices (thus delaying payment) If your contract changes – please tell us! Note that August (1 or 2 days only) school transport invoices should be added to Septembers bill.

37 Taxi Forum Invoicing Our correct address: Invoices Business Development & Support Team Sustainable Travel Group Environment & Transport Department Leicestershire County Council County Hall Glenfield Leicester LE3 8RJ Do NOT use our PO Box 1151 address (This PO Box address no longer exists) Do NOT invoices

38 Taxi Forum New 1% Scheme details Originally requested by bus operator (suggestion from Forum) Survey to gauge interest Must be paid by BACS Only for schools (mainstream and SEN) and social care services Will pay within 14 days of invoice receipt in exchange for 1% discount Operators can withdraw with 1 months notice Starts 1 st June 2012 (for May operations) – note Bank Holiday and that invoices are processed from receipt date 29 operators (mostly taxi) signed up Will consider late application to the scheme

39 Taxi Forum Invoicing – The EMSS project Leicestershire County Council and Nottingham City Council have entered into a partnership - East Midlands Shared Services (EMSS) - to provide finance and HR/Payroll transactional services to their respective councils. One aspect of this partnership is an improved, streamlined process for ordering and paying for goods and services.

40 Taxi Forum Invoicing – The EMSS project What it will mean for you: New No Purchase Order – No Pay policy i.e. ordering - for Leicestershire staff this must be done using an approved method quoting a Purchase Order (PO) or appropriate contract reference Payments: the important detail for operators is to check the 'Invoice or Bill To Address provided on the PO they have received as invoices sent to an incorrect address could result in payment being delayed whilst it is re-routed New Financial Service Centre (FSC) based in Nottingham Otherwise generally no change You will have some general information directly from the new FSC and then STG will issue more detailed information (FAQs) Go Live this autumn

41 Taxi Forum Concessionary Travel Vouchers At the moment no change in policy Current vouchers expire 31 st August Operators have 2 weeks after that to reimburse them with us.

42 Taxi Forum Working Group nominations Remit of the working group: – For both the Authority and taxi companies to gain an insight and understanding of the aspects of contract work that are important to them and work together to address any general issues that may arise – For LCC to pass on information on relevant policy or legislative changes, duty of care issues and general information affecting the taxi market – To discuss new ways of working and to work in partnership – To look at all aspects of LCC contract work for mutual benefit – To share the discussion with all in the market via the published minutes Please contact Mark Watters or a member of staff in the STG with your nomination. We are looking for 1-2 people from up to 10 companies to form the 2012/13 working group to meet 3 times between now and April 2013.

43 Taxi Forum Q & A Session Please keep questions to a general interest for all here today. Views on? eAuctions DRT services Anything else!

44 Taxi Forum Working group nominations and further information See us at the end of this meeting or make an appointment By phone: and ask for the Business Development & Support Team By In writing: Business Development & Support Team Sustainable Travel Group Environment & Transport Department Leicestershire County Council County Hall Glenfield Leicester LE3 8RJ Our website:

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