Plying for hire (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-10-12
Session date: 
October 12, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3945
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The Law Commission has said that it is a "major problem" that licensed private hire vehicle (PHV) drivers face criminal convictions for touting offences under the Criminal Justice Act 1994, intended for prohibiting carriage by unlicensed drivers. Is it right that licensed and checked PHV drivers caught touting face the same criminal sanctions as unlicensed individuals accused of the same offence?

Answer

Answer for Plying for hire (2)

Answer for Plying for hire (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Touting, as an offence, can be carried out by both licensed and unlicensed drivers. This is an unsafe practice which invalidates any vehicle insurance that has been acquired. I believe it is right and proper that those drivers that do tout face criminal convictions given the considerable public safety implications it presents.