No hurdles for landau policy

Tougher driving tests are being introduced for landau operators
Tougher driving tests are being introduced for landau operators
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A new policy for Blackpool’s landau fleet will underline the need for drivers to have the necessary skills and experience to operate horse and carriage rides on the Promenade, the resort’s licensing chief has said.

Blackpool Council’s licensing committee approved the updated framwork when it met on Tuesday.

Committee chairman Coun Adrian Hutton said: “The response we have had from the Landau Association has been very positive.

“They were more than happy to sit down and discuss this with us, and I think we have come up with a policy that is good for everyone.

“Even the landau operators recognised we needed to make sure we have the right people on the Prom.

“I’m not saying there were any bad operators, but we do need to ensure they have the right skills and experience.

“The landaus are an asset to the town and appreciated by the visitors, but we need to make sure they are operated in a safe and proper manner and that is what the policy is for.”

A review of the 44-strong fleet was prompted following an incident in October 2014 when a horse bolted on the Promenade with a couple and three children on board the landau

Among the issues covered by the new policy are public and driver safety, protection of vulnerable passengers and the welfare of the horses.

A more stringent and rigorous driving test for prospective carriage drivers has been developed to include both a theory and an extended practical test including ability to perform manoeuvres, knowledge of animal husbandry and ability to attach the dung catching device.

There will also be a Promenade test including manoeuvering in traffic and parking on ranks.

Councillors met with operators to discuss the changes at the Landau Liaison meeting.

Coun Hutton added: “We are proposing the meetings will continue, and then if there are problems we can address them as soon as possible.”