Saturday, 25 August 2018

Law commission report due for government response next month


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Since Parliament has broken up for Summer Recess there have been rumours about the Law Commission’s review of taxi and private hire services. If you’ve drawing a blank on what this is about, you’re not alone. Having started in 2011, the review was concluded in 2014 at which point the commission presented its report and recommendations to government. However, it is yet to get a response. Now, we’re suddenly hearing the government may be about to respond to the commission’s recommendations. As a quick refresher – it recommended the introduction of a new single legal framework for the regulation of taxi and PHV services across England and Wales and national standards for taxis and PHVs. It also recommended that local licensing authorities could set additional standards for taxis only, and not for PHVs.The Law Commission said its proposals would make it easier for PHVs to cross border hire and would give licensing officers new enforcement powers to deal with vehicles and drivers licensed in different areas.Clearly, this would make the problems weface worse, not better. It would effectively legalise the ability for operators such asUber to get cheap licences anywhere in the country and flood areas like London, exploit the market and undercut taxis and local PHV services.
Government is now facing pressure from MPs from all parties to publish the reportand recommendations made by the working group on taxi and PHV licensing, which I took part in on behalf of the trade earlierthis year. It must have realised it can’t putoff responding to the Law Commission any longer. Representing our trade on the working group, I pushed hard for national minimum standards, a definition of cross border hiring, and crucially, a definition of plying for hire. When Parliament comes back from holidayin September, hopefully we will finally see the long-awaited action we need.
August 25, 2018 at 07:14AM https://ift.tt/2ufVjKI Steve McNamara - LTDA THESE POSTS ARE NOT OUR ENDORSEMENT