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Law Commission: Ply for Hire NOT defined!

Today (23/5/2014) the Law Commission’ report into Taxi&PHV reform is published. Following it’s interim statement where by ‘Plying for Hire’ was not to be defined instead of favouring a more clear distinction by ‘Pre-booking’. The final report recommendations have indeed done just that. Under section titled Plying for Hire, article 3.18 suggests instead of defining […]

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RMT GMB&UNITE pressure MPs on Deregulation Bill

MPs  attended a debate in Westminster Hall yesterday(Tuesday 29th) on Taxi/PHV reforms within the government’ Deregulation Bill. RMT along with GMB & UNITE informed house members and their relevant parliamentary groups of the proposed three clauses, that if implemented would see leisure use of PHVs, license duration extensions and operator sub-contracting. The tri-union action was […]

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Deregulation By The Back Door. UPDATE!

On Tuesday 25th of March The Department For Transport successfully amended the Draft Deregulation Bill to include reforms to the Taxi and Private hire industries.Without any formal consultation and the trade awaiting the  Law Commission report on Taxi&PHVs , this can only be described as deregulation through the back door. The Joint Committee on the […]

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RMT in Taxi Globe

  Over the last twelve weeks trade publication The Taxi Globe  ran a series of articles by RMT London Taxis on  the issues facing the trade highlighted by the current Law Commission report. The articles are available for download below.   Plying For Hire – The Defining Features of Taxis, or is it? TG717 PP15 […]

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The Law Commission

We believe our right to “ply for hire” is under threat. The current thinking of the Law Commission is to discard the concept of plying for hire and not to define it, to control Taxi numbers but not PHVs, and to provide legislation for Pedicabs to be licensed. Here are the major issues urgently in […]

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HALTS Contract Ends

The contract between Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) and Heathrow Airport Licensed Taxis Society (HALTS) to run the taxi information desks ended on June 30th this year. This means that the London taxi trade has no presence inside any of the terminals at Heathrow for the first time in over 10 years. This is a bitter/sweet […]

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