Taxis: Licensing

Transport written question – answered on 26th March 2014.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Chair, Conservative Party 1922 Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if his Department will estimate the number of private hire cabs granted their licence by one local authority operating predominantly in a different local authority area.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

The Department does not hold this information as licensing enforcement is a matter for local licensing authorities. The crucial point about the lawful operation of private hire vehicles is that a licensed private hire operator must, when fulfilling a booking, use vehicles and drivers licensed by the same local licensing authority as granted the operator licence. Actual journeys can start outside, or go beyond, or be wholly outside, the local authority's boundary.

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