Council looks at allowing ‘horse taxis’

Racegoers using horse-drawn carriages at Royal Ascot. David Davies/PA Wire.
Racegoers using horse-drawn carriages at Royal Ascot. David Davies/PA Wire.
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Horse-drawn taxis could ferry passengers along Scarborough’s seafront under new proposals set to be heard by councillors.

Members of Scarborough Council’s licensing committee will today discuss proposals from two different individuals seeking to operate vehicles.

One hopes to operate along the seafront, the other in the National Park.

The horses would function as hackney carriages, but with Scarborough Council’s finite amount of licences already handed out, councillors will discuss ways that they can assist those seeking to operate the horse ‘taxis’.

Some of the options set to be looked at by the council include uncapping the number of licences handed out, with the limit currently set at 105 licences. The council could also suggest allowing applications for non-motorised vehicles only, or to continue restricting numbers.

However, it is not possible for Scarborough Council to grant ‘special’ licences that restricts use to horses only, meaning that a licence holder could theoretically apply to change from operating a horse to a car during their licensing period, although the council would be able to reject a subsequent application.