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Taxi and private hire licensing exists to ensure that only those judged to be fit and proper are licensed. Taxi and private hire applicants and drivers are subject to a range of assessments to test whether they are fit and proper.
The legislation that will require licensing authorities to submit certain taxi and private hire vehicle licensing information to a central database will come into force on 1 May 2019.
I understand that a review of your taxi or private hire licence before a licensing committee/panel can be very upsetting and stressful. It is important not to panic.
Sadiq Khan has reportedly told London cab drivers that they must seek their own legal advice on the ability for them to take pre-booked app jobs outside of London. I have provided some preliminary thoughts on the issue.
An in-depth look at McNutt v Transport for London  EWHC 365 (Admin) and what the case’s ruling means for designated taxis and private hire vehicles carrying wheelchairs.
Due to the lack of Government action, TfL must find its own “creative” solutions to up taxi & private hire standards in the capital to avoid “a race to the bottom”.
There have recently been a number of news reports about taxi passengers being left stranded by licensed drivers who refused to take them on short journeys.
When does the law permit a taxi driver to refuse a fare?
It seems certain that the Government will introduce minimum standards for taxi and private hire drivers. Will this be the answer to drivers seeking licences in areas where they have no intention of working?
In the event of a no-deal Brexit, there may be implications for EU and EEA nationals working as taxi and private hire drivers in the UK.
Following the recent High Court ruling that Uber vehicles are not guilty of illegally plying for hire when they work where they are not licensed, but is this the end of the ride hailing issues?
The High Court has confirmed that switching your taximeter on before you assist a disabled person – even if you do not actually charge them – is an office under the Equality Act 2010.
The Government has postponed plans to introduce mandatory tax registration checks for taxi and private hire drivers.
The recently published Government response to the taxi and private hire task and finish group report lacks a real understanding of the trade’s day to day struggle.
The Government has confirmed that from May, taxi and private hire national database will be mandatory.
The DfT response and consultation following the taxi Task & Finish Group report including, mandatory CCTV requirement, cross border enforcement, national standards, mandatory training etc.
The High Court has today held that use of the Uber app does not amount to plying for hire.
The London Night Time Commission has called on the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to promote the use and growth of “digital taxi firms” in capital.
It is the time to the year when licensing authorities are setting their fees for the next financial year. It is important that taxi and private hire licence holders understand the law relating to fee setting.
The Government has recently lost a Supreme Court ruling which may result in a change to the way they process criminal records checks for, amongst others, taxi and private hire drivers.
Whilst Government is still wondering how to regulate the use of smartphone apps and ride hailing services, innovation has moved on to autonomous taxis.
10 things you may not know about your taxi licence appeal and defence
The Government has laid Regulations in Parliament that will make it mandatory for council’s to regularly upload certain taxi & PH data to a national emissions database.
Regulating fares locally places a number of statutory duties on drivers of hackney carriage vehicles. Here is a brief overview of what is permitted and what is not.
Licensing barrister and head of Taxi Defence Barristers, Stephen McCaffrey, was asked to comment on a Times article on the growing “doing lifts” industry.
In recent months, the debate on the legalities of cross-border hiring has seen no abating. There have been several judicial decisions on the matter and of course the taxi finish and task group has made recommendations to Government to legislate in order to address concerns and close the “loop”.
The District Judge in the Uber v Brighton appeal has made a number of important statements on the legal status of cross-border hiring.
“This case clearly proved the importance of the right and expert taxi legal advice and representation and the importance of evidence to substantiate complaints in taxi and private hire cases.” – Stephen McCaffrey, Barrister.
Uber has been successful in appealing Brighton City Council’s decision to refuse to renew its operating licence.
The Welsh Government has set out plans to take taxi and private hire licensing away from local licensing authorities and hand it over to a single national licensing authority.
There are a variety of arguments put forward on what is, and is not, lawful in respect of cross-border hiring practices. The complication for the licensed trade is that these are only legal options. Ultimately what is needed is the judgement of at least the High Court.
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Taxi Defence Barristers are taxi legal team who specialise in helping drivers who have had their licences refused or revoked. Our barristers have challenged the decisions of TfL and the PCO for many clients. We don’t underestimate importance of guiding clients through the complexities of hackney carriage and private hire laws. We ensure our clients understand at each stage what is going on.
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