The Department for Transport (DfT) has issued a call for evidence to support its Future of Transport Regulatory Review.  Are there opportunities for the taxi or private hire trade? 

The call for evidence seeks views and evidence from all those with an interest in what an innovative and flexible regulatory framework looks like for emerging transport technologies and business models, recognising their benefits to society, the environment and the economy but also the risks they potentially pose if left unmanaged. The call for evidence also seeks to address areas of regulation that are outdated, a barrier to innovation, or not designed with new technologies and business models in mind. 

Whilst the majority of the document is focussed on bus services, there appears to be scope of taxi and PH services to be brought into scope and for this to present commercial opportunities for drivers and operators. 

The call for evidence states: 

We intend to use the responses to this call for evidence to determine whether there are changes we can make in the short term to improve the flexible bus service regime. If so, we will bring forward detailed proposals to amend the regulations and guidance. 


The call for evidence response will also inform further work looking at how the bus, taxi and PHV regimes are converging and what legislative framework might be appropriate in future. We would be interested in respondents’ views on what areas of the bus, taxi and PHV framework we should consider in future stages of the regulatory review. 

In particular the call for evidence:

  1. What areas of the bus, taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) framework should we consider in future stages of the Future of Transport Regulatory Review?
  2. How else, in your view, can the Government support innovation in the bus, taxi and PHV sectors?

Licence holders and operators can respond by 22 May.

Stephen McCaffrey

Regulatory defence barrister specialising in taxi and private hire licensing law, appeals and defence.

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