In December 2014 the London Assembly’s Transport Committee published ‘Future Proof: Taxi & Private Hire Services in London’.  It considered the future of taxi and private hire services in London. Today, in following up that report, it has published ‘Raising The Bar: Taxi & Private Hire Services in London‘.  It makes “…recommendations to the Mayor…

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Today the High Court handed down its judgement in R (United Cabbies Group (London) Ltd) v Westminster Magistrates Court et al [2019] EWHC 409 (Admin).The case concerned a judicial review challenge against a Chief Magistrate decision, in Westminster Magistrates Court, to grant a 15-month private hire operator licence to Uber London Limited. It was based…

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Today Transport for London (TfL) has opened a consultation entitled ‘Have your say on reducing the maximum age limits for taxis‘. TfL, in accordance with the Mayor of London’s ‘Transport Strategy‘, proposes to- “Mandate the maximum taxi operating age from 1 November 2019“ “Introduce a new age limit for taxis over a phased period of…

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The Department for Transport (DfT) has opened the ‘Taxi & Private Hire Vehicle Licensing: Protecting Users‘ consultation.  It seeks: “…views on proposed statutory guidance to taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) licensing authorities on how to use their licensing powers to protect children and vulnerable adults…“. All responses must be submitted before closure of the…

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On 24th September 2018 the Task & Finish Group Taxi & Private Hire Vehicle Licensing, as commissioned by Department for Transport (DfT), published its ‘Taxi & Private Hire Vehicle Licensing: Steps Towards A Safer & More Robust System‘ report.  The 34 recommendations contained within reflected its remit to consider potential reforms to taxi and private…

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On 24th September 2018 the Task & Finish Group on Taxi & Private Hire Vehicle Licensing, as commissioned by the Minister of State for Transport, published its ‘Taxi & Private Hire Vehicle Licensing: Steps Towards A Safer & More Robust System’ report. The report makes 34 recommendations for the improvement of taxi (or hackney carriage)…

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The London Assembly Transport Committee has commenced “…an investigation to consider how to raise standards in the taxi and private hire industries…“. This follows an earlier review in 2014/15 which now necessitates an update. In light of the above, the Transport Committee is now seeking the views or information from organisations and individuals. Such details…

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In 2017 Minister of State for Transport, Rt. Hon. John Hayes MP, expressed a belief the current taxi and private hire licensing regimes were “unfit for purpose”. Based on that concern, the Minister commissioned a review into the sector. Its remit would be “…to chart a future which ensured public safety for all, a working…

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