Private Hire Vehicles

Meeting: 
MQT on 2008-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2008
Reference: 
2008/2977
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What plans does TfL or the Public Carriage Office have to deal with the increase in the numbers of clipboard operators who work from pavements outside clubs and from within clubs to drum up business for private hire vehicles?

Answer

Answer for Private Hire Vehicles

Answer for Private Hire Vehicles

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL works very closely with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and City of London Police to tackle taxi touting around late night venues within London.

The Metropolitan Police Transport Operational Command Unit, funded by TfL, has a dedicated pan-London Cab Enforcement Unit responsible for enforcing the law relating to taxis and private hire vehicles in London. This team is working closely with the PCO to clamp down on clipboard operators who are operating illegally. If licensed operators are caught contravening their licensing regulations the PCO will review their fitness to hold a licence and the licence may be revoked.

The PCO has recently reissued guidance to licensed operators on the acceptance of bookings and distributed best practice guidelines to late night venues, advising them on how to ensure that Private Hire Operators within their venues are complying with the law. *