Today the Court of Appeal handed down its judgement in R (Rehman) v Wakefield City Council [2019] EWCA Civ 2166. It decided the costs of compliance, not just application, are directly recoverable from private hire driver licence fees (under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976).  This re-affirms the financial independence of the driver, vehicle…

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We apologise but, due to our recent office move, ‘Your Taxi Brief’ will not be published this month.  It will however be back in early October with coverage of the key legal developments in September 2019.  If you have any questions or require advice about events in August 2019, please do not hesitate to contact…

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Today Transport for London has issued ‘Taxi Vehicle Age Limits & Exemptions’ Notice 05/19 covering (a) the mandating of maximum taxi operating ages, (b) changes to taxi vehicle age limits, (c) taxi age limit exemptions, (d) liquid petroleum gas conversions and (e) taxi delicensing scheme.  The plans are set to be implemented, starting 1st November…

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Today the Supreme Court handed-down its judgement in the case of Tillman v Egon Zehnder Ltd [2019] UKSC 32 on the application of non-compete clauses in executive contracts. Whilst the Court of Appeal had earlier overturned a non-compete injunction, it was re-instated by the Supreme Court who decided in favour of the Appellant company.  This…

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Today Heathrow Airport has opened its ‘Airport Expansion Consultation‘.  It incorporates a number of ‘Surface Access Proposals: Travelling To & From The Airport‘ which also covers taxi and private hire services. Heathrow Airport’s outline objective, and accompanying methods, are as follows- “We want to ensure that taxis and private hire vehicles can continue to fulfil…

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Today the Air Quality (Taxis & Private Hire Vehicles Database) (England & Wales) Regulations 2019 were approved by Parliament.  It requires licensing authorities to upload, on a central database, specified information about the taxis and private hire vehicles it licenses.  The regulations come into force on 1st May 2019.  A new ‘National Register of Taxi…

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