Private Hire

 

 

Private Hire vehicles, drivers and operators were first licensed in 1976 and are different from Hackney Carriages. Private Hire vehicles, unlike Hackney Carriages, cannot ply for hire or be hailed down.  As the name suggests, these types of vehicles and drivers must be pre-booked and dispatched by a licensed Private Hire operator. Private Hire operators can dispatch both Hackney Carriages and Private Hire vehicles.

 

 


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Amendments

  • General

s.10-17 Transport Act 1985 Internet Document  Opens in a new Window  Report a Broken Link

General amendments and flexible transport services


s.52-54 Road Safety Act 2006 Internet Document  Opens in a new Window  Report a Broken Link

Immediate suspension and revocation of drivers' licences, Abolition of “contract exemption”, Private hire vehicles in London


  • Disabled Access

s.36 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (partially commenced by enactment of the Local Transport Act 2008) Internet Document  Opens in a new Window  Report a Broken Link


  • Disabled Access Provisions

Part 12 Chapter 1 Equalities Act 2010 Internet Document  Opens in a new Window  Report a Broken Link


  • Quantity restrictions for taxis outside London

s. 16 Transport Act 1985 Internet Document  Opens in a new Window  Report a Broken Link


  • Acceptance of driving licences from other EU member states

The Driving Licences (Community Driving Licence) Regulations 1996 (SI 1996 No 1974) (amended sections 51 and 59 of the 1976 Act) Internet Document  Opens in a new Window  Report a Broken Link


  • Recognition to Northern Ireland driving licences for the purposes of taxi and PHV driver licensing

Deregulation (Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles) Order 1998 (SI 1998 No 1946) Internet Document  Opens in a new Window  Report a Broken Link


  • Enabling Council's to request enhanced CRB's for taxi/PH drivers

The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 Internet Document  Opens in a new Window  Report a Broken LinkNew Document


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Recent Case Law

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Description: Adoption of LGMPA76, Breach of procedure not fatal to prosecution, proof of adoption.


Description: S.68 & s.60 suspension notices, fitness of a vehicle, grounds for suspension.


Description: Lawfulness of penalty point schemes, unlawful to suspend a driver's licence as an interim step following a complaint or allegation and pending the outcome of the complaint or allegation.


Description: Imposition of conditions, local arrangements, private hire operator condition.


Key Words: cross border hiring, hackney carriages may still undertake pre-booked hirings anywhere in England and Wales, hackney carriages to fulfil pre-booked hirings in other districts.


Key Words: fit and proper, exceptional hardship


Key Words: cross border hiring, hackney carriages may still undertake pre-booked hirings anywhere in England and Wales


Key Words: A hackney carriage licence was capable of renewal in the sense envisaged by the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 s.60 after the expiration


Key Words: policy, wheelchair accessible vehicles, consultation, local authorities functions and responsibilities


Key Words: the 21 day period for appeals against a councils decision is not capable of being extended, even by invoking the Civil Procedure Rules


Key Words: private hire operator conditions, use of "out of area" licensed vehicles


Key Words: entrapment, operating unlawfully, limits of acceptable conduct


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This guidance note sets out the Department for Transport's view of what is, and what is not, a private hire vehicle. It is designed to assist local licensing authorities in making licensing decisions and provide transport service providers with some clarity about whether they need to be licensed as private hire.

 

Guidance to local authorities and taxi and PHV operators on sections of the Equality Act which are being commenced in October.

 

This report fulfils the Government’s commitment to evaluate the impact of the repeal of the PHV contract exemption. The repeal was included in the Road Safety Act 2006 and took effect in January 2008. The report contains evidence collected from stakeholders, explains the impact of the change and enables Government to consider what action it might take to address concerns.

 

This leaflet provides guidance and information for private hire vehicle owners on how to get started, register and provide a local bus service.

 

 

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The DfT is the lead government department responsible for taxis and private hire.

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