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TfL Private Hire Regulations Review

24/12/2014

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Private Hire Regulations Review

This notice provides an update on our plans to consult on potential revisions to private hire regulations.
The private hire operator, driver and vehicle regulations were made following the introduction of private hire licensing starting in 2001. TfL has identified a number of areas for consideration to ensure that they remain appropriate and fit for purpose.
The purpose of the consultation is to review various aspects of the existing policy and regulations covering private hire operators, drivers and vehicles, and to invite comments on proposals for change. TfL will then consider in the light of the responses to the consultation what, if any, changes to make to the regulations. The consultation will include:

  • A review of the information required to be captured by a private hire operator before the commencement of each journey
  • A review of licensing of ‘in-venue’ operators and associated requirements
  • Bringing the regulations up to date in the light of advances in technology, where appropriate
  • Proposals to cover temporary events licensing
  • Proposals to restrict the number of trading names permitted to be used in private hire operator licences
  • Proposals to explore and clarify the types of premises that constitute a suitable operating centre
  • Proposals to harmonise the retention period for record keeping and making clear what records an operator is required to retain
  • Proposals to implement an English language requirement for drivers
  • Re-visiting certain aspects of motorcycle licensing proposals
  • A review of records of private hire vehicles and drivers to be retained by licensed operators including clarification on insurance documents to be retained.

These are important issues for private hire operators and drivers and we will be inviting responses to help shape the future of private hire licensing in London.

It is anticipated that the consultation document and how to respond will be launched in Q1 2015.

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