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Limousine Operator Engagement and Information Seminar

5th August 2013

09:00 – 13:00

Palestra, 197 Blackfriars road


Session Overview:

Colin Miller


CPT London and Home Counties members committee



1 – Session overview:

Colin Miller, CPT London and Home Counties members committee

2 - Keynote:

Sir Peter Hendy, CBE

3 - Current Enforcement Operations:

Sgt Alex Burlinson, MPS Safer Transport Command

Graham Owen, Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

4 – PSV Regulation and legislation:

Nick Denton, Traffic Commissioner, South East and Metropolitan Area

5 – PHV Regulation and licensing:

Helen Chapman, TfL Taxi and Private Hire

6 - Assistance for operators:

Stephen Steele (TBC), TfL Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (TBC)

Karen Tiley, Confederation of Passenger Transport

7 - Wash up:

Colin Miller, CPT London and Home Counties members committee



Sir Peter Hendy, CBE


Transport for London

safer transport command

Enforcement Operations:

Safer Transport Command
  • Funded by Transport for London
  • Deal with emerging issues relating to movement on surface transport network
  • Work in partnership with other agencies such as VOSA, HMRC, DWP, HMCS.
operational activities

Enforcement Operations:

Operational Activities
  • To make the streets safe
  • Cycle / HGV Safety initiatives
  • Light Goods Vehicles
  • Uninsured and Unlicensed drivers
  • Pedicabs
  • Coaches

Enforcement Operations:

  • Every vehicle must be insured for Hire & Reward activities
  • SDP / Specific exclusions = Option to seize
phv or pcv

Enforcement Operations:

  • Number of seats
    • 8 = Private Hire
    • 9 or more = Operator Licence
  • PHV = Issued by Local Authority to driver and vehicle.
  • Operator Licence – Issued by Traffic Commissioner
driving licence

Enforcement Operations:

Driving Licence
  • B, D1 or D?
  • 101 Restriction
  • Seizure
  • 01 Restriction
driving licence checks

Enforcement Operations:

Driving Licence Checks
  • Periodical checks
    • Check both parts (where issued)
    • The right type of licence is held for the job being carried out
    • The driver’s address has been checked and verified
    • The driver’s name is correct
    • The number of points declared by the applicant is as stated on the licence
    • The photograph looks like them!
  • It is an offence for a person to….
  • Corporate Manslaughter Act
driver cpc

Enforcement Operations:

Driver CPC
  • 10th September 2013
  • Blue card = Not a licence

Enforcement Operations:

Graham Owen

VOSA Area Manager


PSV Regulation and Licensing:

Nicholas Denton

Traffic Commissioner

London and the South East

public passenger vehicles act 1981

PSV Regulation and Licensing:

Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981
  • Definition of public service vehicles
  • Traffic commissioner powers
  • Standard and restricted licences
  • Requirements for an operator’s licence
  • Operators’ duty to inform TC
  • TC role in deciding driver entitlement
definition of psv

PSV Regulation and Licensing:

Definition of PSV
  • > 8 passengers, used for hire and reward
  • Or
  • 8 pax or fewer, used for hire and reward at separate fares

PSV Regulation and Licensing:

  • Restricted
    • PSVs with 8 pax or fewer
    • PSVs of 16 or fewer pax where PSV operation is not the main occupation
  • Otherwise standard
traffic commissioners

PSV Regulation and Licensing:

Traffic Commissioners
  • Grant or refuse licences
  • Must be satisfied operator has:
    • effective and stable establishment
    • good repute
    • professional competence
    • financial standing
  • Must revoke if any of above is lacking
  • (opportunity for public inquiry)
tc powers cont

PSV Regulation and Licensing:

TC powers (cont)
  • Also need to be satisfied that operators:
    • Will keep vehicles fit and serviceable
    • Will ensure compliance with laws on driving and operation of vehicles
  • May revoke, suspend or vary licences if
    • Conditions or undertakings not fulfilled
    • Prohibitions or convictions
    • Material change
    • False statements
tc powers cont1

PSV Regulation and Licensing:

TC Powers (cont)
  • Decide impounding appeals at hearings
duty to inform tcs

PSV Regulation and Licensing:

Duty to inform TCs
  • Of convictions
  • Of accidents
  • Of alterations to vehicles
tc role in driver entitlement

PSV Regulation and Licensing:

TC role in driver entitlement
  • TCs may suspend or revoke PCV entitlement if conduct not fitting. Eg:
    • Drink drive convictions
    • Mobile phones
    • Totting up
    • Drivers’ hours offences
    • Criminal convictions
london taxi and private hire limousine licensing as london private hire services

London Taxi and Private HireLimousine licensing as London private hire services

Helen Chapman,

Interim General Manager,

London Taxi and Private Hire

london taxi private hire
London Taxi & Private Hire


Under LTPH regulation




Also known as “Hackney Carriages” or “black cabs”

Private Hire vehicles (PHVs)

London Taxi & Private Hire (LTPH)

Is a part of TfL, and is the licensing and regulatory authority for both Taxis and PHVs

Chauffeur/ Executive cars

Special purpose vehicles


Taxi Drivers

Fleet owners

PHV Operators



PHV Trade


Taxi Driver Associations

Police & other agencies

Passengers Groups

Taxi apps

Radio circuits


Taxi Manufacturers


London Taxi & Private Hire

Taxis in London for over 300 years

Public Carriage Office founded 1850

TfL founded 2000

what we licence
What we licence

London Taxi and Private Hire is responsible for licensing:

  • Our overall role is to ensure the public travel safely and to provide a high quality and efficient licensing service

Private Hire Licensing

  • PHV Licensing in London began in 2001
  • A PHV is any vehicle constructed or adapted to seat fewer than nine passengers which is made available with a driver for hire for the purpose of carrying passengers, other than a licensed taxi or public service vehicle
  • Private hire services wide ranging:

Local ‘minicab’ services

Chauffer industry

Specialist needs vehicles

Limousines and novelty vehicles

tph limousine licensing
TPH limousine licensing


  • VIVA is a relatively inexpensive, one-off, vehicle inspection process which reflects the key technical areas as set out in European and UK National Type Approval legislation and are a standards and inspection service consistently applied across the UK by VOSA
licensing your business
Licensing your business

Does your vehicle:

Have 8 passenger seats or fewer?

  • Private hire driver, vehicle and operator licences required from local authority/TfL

Have 9 passenger seats or more?

  • Public Service Vehicle Operator’s licence required from VOSA

We can work with you to determine the correct type of licence required

licensing your business1
Licensing your business

How do you operate your business?

For hire and reward

  • Private hire licences required from local authority/TfL


  • PSV standard operator’s licence from VOSA

Which local authority?

  • Determined by where you take your bookings – must be a physical premises

We can work with you to help you achieve licensing

future licensing requirements
Future licensing requirements
  • The Law Commission has been tasked to review taxi and private hire services in England and Wales
  • Under current proposals limousines licensed by local authorities/TfL will have to adopt national standards
  • We will be shortly reviewing our limousine standards to feed into this – we would welcome views from London limousine operators

Advice and guidance

Please contact our vehicle policy team who will be happy to help:


Assistance for Operators:

Andy McCarrollFleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS)


Assistance for Operators:

Confederation of Passenger Transport

Karen Tiley, Regional Manager


Wash up:

Wash up and final questions

Colin Miller, Chairperson

CPT London and Home Counties members committee


Thank you for attending

Please follow the below links for further information: