Taxi and Private Hire Trade (8)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 15th August 2019.

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A recent FOI from Cambridge City Council reveals that the licensing officer told UBER: PH Vehicles should be parked up in places where they could not be accused of plying for hire. Can the Mayor give examples of where a "parked up" PH Vehicle could be accused of plying for hire?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Decisions on whether a vehicle is plying for hire depend on the particular circumstances of the individual case and the High Court’s judgment of 7 February 2019 (please see the attached Appendix) illustrates the complexity of the law in this area and the range of factors to be considered.

As outlined in Mayor’s Question 2019/14248, I have repeatedly called for a statutory definition of “plying for hire” and “pre-booked” services to remove any ambiguity and clearly define the difference between taxi and private hire services. I welcome the support of the Assembly in lobbying Government on this matter.