Taxis: Licensing

Department for Transport written question – answered on 19th February 2019.

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Photo of Julia Lopez Julia Lopez Conservative, Hornchurch and Upminster

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a definition of cross border hiring, as recommended by the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and PHV Licensing, to (a) stop drivers operating in an area where they have not been licensed and (b) protect passengers; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

On 12 February the Government issued its response to the report by the Chair of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing. Government agrees with the principle of restricting out-of-area working and will consider further, with a view to legislation, how it might best work in detail.

Government will need to consider any flexibilities or exemptions which might be needed to reduce or avoid negative impacts on particular services.

The response is available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/775983/taxi-task-and-finish-gov-repsonse.pdf

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