Sexual Assaults in Minicabs in Croydon

Meeting: 
MQT on 2002-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Reference: 
2002/0239
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I regret to report that we have had another set of cases of sexual assaults experienced by women using minicabs in Croydon. Please could I ask you again when will you be able to allow licensed minicabs to advertise their bona fide nature by having the Mayor's permission to show prominent signs revealing their licensed status?

By making genuine minicab firms instantly recognisable the number of rogue drivers can be reduced.

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Answer

Answer for Sexual Assaults in Minicabs in Croydon

Answer for Sexual Assaults in Minicabs in Croydon

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Private hire licensing is being implemented in three stages, with implementation of the final stage - vehicle licensing - planned for the first half of 2003. It would not be appropriate to allow any form of signal prior to licensing, as it could give the perception the driver and vehicle are licensed and therefore safe, which would not necessarily be the case at this time. This would represent a greater risk to the public, whose greatest safeguard at the moment is to make bookings only through a licensed operator, of which there are now 1,600. I've strongly urged members of the public to only travel with a licensed minicab operator.

Details of all 1,600 licensed operators are now available on the TfL website at www.tfl.gov.uk/pco, and can be confirmed by phone on the TfL travel line: 020 7 222 1234. It's illegal for minicabs, whether working for a licensed operator or otherwise, to ply for hire on the street. Members of the public are urged to only take minicabs they've pre-booked by phone or at licensed minicab premises. The first public consultation exercise on private hire vehicle licensing is complete, and the results are being analysed. I am obliged by law to consult a second time, and this will be in the form of draft regulations, which I expect to contain some clear proposals on the issue of vehicle licensing. .