Taxi & Private Hire News
Readers will recall the High Court case of Aylesbury Vale DC v Call a Cab last year.
Briefly, in 2012 Aylesbury Vale DC prosecuted Call a Cab for acting as a private hire operator without a licence from the district council together with Mr Raja, for aiding and abetting the commission of the offences.Aylesbury Vale DC v Call a Cab Ltd & Ahtiq Raja
The Supreme Court has handed down a very important ruling with regards to the disclosure of police cautions and minor convictions. The Court ruled that the disclosure of cautions and/or minor convictions would be incompatible with human rights legislation in England and Wales.
In particular, the ruling affects those applying for certain kinds of jobs involving work with children or the vulnerable.Cautions and “minor” convictions to disappear from DBS Checks
Readers may be aware of the ongoing issue in London to do with the Uber app and associated taxi trade uproar.
In fact so incensed are the taxi trade in London that one of Hailo's offices (another similar app) in the City was graffitied during a protest earlier this month.
What is Uber?Is a phone app also a taxi meter?
The Law Commission has finally published its long awaited review of taxi and private hire legislation as well as a Draft bill.
New Taxi Bill Published – but what now?
The National Association of Licensing and Enforcement Officers (NALEO) has urged “every Local Authority and interested trade organisation” to lobby their Members of Parliament to have the Deregulation Bill “Taxi” clauses to be dropped when they are debated next week.NALEO calls for Deregulation Bill “Taxi” clauses to be dropped
The Law Commission has confirmed that there will be a further delay in publishing their report and final Taxi Bill.
The new date for the publication of their final report and Bill has now been set for May, 23rd 2014.Purdah delays publication of Taxi Bill until May
On the 7th of January the Department for Transport (DfT) sough views from a select few (7) organisations on a number of proposals to amend the law relating to taxi and private hire licensing.
The 10 day consultation sought views on the following proposals:
A private members Bill, Licensed Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles (Closed Circuit Television) Bill, has been introduced by the MP for Bedford seeking to require the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) in all licensed Hackney Carriages and Private Hire vehicles and to establish a minimum standard for such installations.Licensed Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Mandatory CCTV Bill
In an eagerly anticipated judgement that will provide great relief to licensing authorities up and down the country, Mr Justice Ouseley and Lord Justice Treacy ruled that a single breach of a procedural requirement upon which a prosecution depends does not automatically mean that prosecution will fail.
Breach of procedure not fatal to prosecution - Aylesbury Vale DC v Call a Cab Ltd.
It was reported today (12 November 2013) that Aylesbury Vale DC successfully appealed against a Magistrates’ Court decision to dismissed the council’s case against an unlicensed operator.
Aylesbury Vale District Council – High Court Appeal Allowed
The Law Commission has confirmed that due to “administrative reasons” there will be a delay in publishing its draft Taxi Bill.No Draft Taxi Bill this year
The Town Police Clauses Act does not specify the exact content of public registers in respect of licensed Hackney Carriage (“taxi”) proprietors. It is however common practice for council’s to provide on the register the name of the taxi driver, the registration number of the vehicle and the plate number.
If a FOI is submitted asking also for addresses of licensed taxi drivers, do Council’s have to disclose this information?Hackney Carriage Proprietor Addresses – Disclose or not?
An independent report into child sexual exploitation commissioned by Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council has called on the council to join with other local authorities and appropriate agencies to seek clarity at a nationClearer licensing laws needed to help fight child sexual exploitation
Hyndburn Borough Council has agreed toAnother Council forced to refund taxi drivers...how to make sure you advertise your fees properly
In this case consideration was given to the scope of s.68 Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 and its relationship with s.60 of the Act.R (on the application of Wilcock) v. Lancaster City Council
The Government’s response gives a broad indication of their position on the various issues raised in the consultation document and identifies areas where it consider that the Law Commission could usefully carry out further investigation or consideration before reaching a conclusion.Government respond to Law Commission Review of Taxis and Private Hire Licensing Law Reform
The Law Commission published an interim statement following its consultation relating to Taxi and Private Hire Services. The statement outlines the key decisions the Commission have reached following consultation, but before publishing the full final report and proposed Law Commission draft Bill.Law Commission Publish Interim Statement on Taxi and Private Hire Services Consultation
Southampton City Council has lost its appeal against an ICO enforcement notice over its policy of requiring audio-recording in all licensed taxis.
Southampton Council loose ICO appeal over taxi CCTV Policy