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Reforming the law of taxi and private hire services in england and wales jessica uguccioni

Reforming the law of taxi and private hire services in England and WalesJessica Uguccioni

IATR Conference

15-17 November 2012


The law commission
The Law England and WalesCommission

Independent body created by Act of Parliament

Responsible for systematic development and reform of law in England and Wales

Due to report with a draft bill by the end of 2013

The Law Commission


2 the process for assessment

Provisional proposals - an overview England and Wales

2. The process for assessment

  • Retention of the two-tier system

    • Taxis vs private hire vehicles

    • A statutory definition of “plying for hire”

  • National safety standards

  • Abolishing quantity restrictions

  • Easier pre-booked cross-border working

  • Enhanced enforcement powers


Licensing Areas England and Walesin Englandand Wales


The one or two tier debate
The one or two tier debate England and Wales

  • Key advantage of retaining to tiers: targeted regulation beyond safety, particularly re fares and provision for disabled users. And civic pride

  • Key disadvantage: public confusion and enforcement resources

  • The impact of new technologies


Quantity restrictions
Quantity restrictions England and Wales

  • A blunt tool for controlling entry to the market

  • Significant unmet demand – an unsatisfactory criterion

  • Importance of appropriate standard setting


Some regulatory hotspots
Some regulatory “hotspots” England and Wales

  • The reach of licensing:

    • overall scope

    • exemptions

  • Improving provision to the public:

    • The night time economy

    • Rural areas

  • Driver hours and earnings

  • Disabled access

  • Better enforcement


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