December 23, 2010
London Taxi and Private Hire, part of Transport for London, recently completed a review of regulations governing private hire taxis, operators, drivers and vehicles in London.
The taxi review was carried out in response to the Mayor’s Transport Strategy published in May 2010. This set out Boris Johnson’s vision for the improvement of London’s transport network over the next two decades.
The scope of the review covered;
- Licensing and other requirements for drivers
- Signage and the types of taxi for sale that can be licensed for private hire in London
- Premises that can be used as operating centres
- Planning permission and other requirements for operators
- Criminal record checks for operator licence applicants
Following the review, a consultation on the findings and recommendations was published. The consultation makes 16 separate recommendations in three key areas. These are;
- Additional licensing requirements for new drivers
- Enhanced driving assessment for new drivers
- All drivers to obtain NVQ in Road Passenger Vehicle Driving
- All drivers to display identification to be visible to passengers
- No driver is to make a remark of a sexual nature or have any sexual contact in a licensed vehicle
- Replace the existing licence discs and red route signs with consolidated signage
- Restrictions on what types of taxis for sale can be licensed as PHVs and other measures to clarify the distinction between private hire and hackney taxis
The taxi consultation closed on December 24th 2010. A summary of the comments received will be published on the TfL web-site following a review of the responses at the end of the consultation period.