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Taxis and private hire vehicles

Comment 5th July 2010

There are a number of outdated hackney carriage (taxi) and private hire vehicle (minicab) laws that date back to 1847 and 1976 respectively which have not kept pace with change and which are complex and impose unnecessary burdens on businesses – for example, a legal requirement that the proprietor of a hackney carriage must keep possession of the driver licence issued to the driver of their hackney carriage, otherwise they commit an offence.  Likewise, the distinction between the two modes of essentially the same service causes confusion and conflict in nearly every local authority area and results in complex court cases on a regular basis. 

Why does this matter?

 Many of these could be repealed without undermining the public protection they provide and wholesale reform of the legislation in this area should be considered.


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