December 15, 2017

Joint Letter on Cross Border Taxi Hiring

I have this week co-signed a letter with a number of my Parliamentary colleagues, calling on the Government to urgently review the licensing rules for Private Hire vehicles. Some Private Hire drivers have been exploiting a clause in a 2015 law enabling them to gain a licence in one part of the country and then operate in another, even if …

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October 4, 2017

Guide Dogs UK – Making Taxis Accessible

Last week I joined Guide Dogs UK at Labour Party Conference to find out about their campaign to make sure everyone with an assistance dog can access taxis. It is against the law for any taxi or minicab driver to refuse to take an assistance dog or charge extra for carrying it. Unfortunately, Guide Dogs found that 42% of assistance …

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September 16, 2016

Transport Questions: Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles

On Thursday 15th┬áSeptember I asked the Transport Secretary if he believed that current legislation for taxis and private hire vehicles is adequate for the 21st┬áCentury given technological advancements in how we use private hire vehicle services. The main legal framework governing taxi services has not undergone any significant reform for nearly 200 years. Private hire services legislation is more recent, …

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