Taxis and PHVs (6)

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Keith Prince
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can the Mayor explain why TfL's Taxi & Private Hire Compliance Officers are not checking the bookings of Taxi and PH Drivers that they stop to see if they are predominantly working in areas for which they are not licensed?


Answer for Taxis and PHVs (6)

Answer for Taxis and PHVs (6)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Private Hire drivers can take bookings anywhere in England and Wales subject to licensing authority requirements under the Deregulation Act 2015.

Where there is a concern, or if a Taxi and Private Hire Compliance Officer suspects any illegal activity, they will check the booking records with the operator as part of their investigation. Compliance Officers carry out frequent checks at operating centres and booking records are checked as part of this investigation.

Transport for London (TfL) does not currently have any powers to restrict cross border work. TfL is working with other licensing authorities to lobby central Government to bring in a change to the current legislation to ensure appropriate cross border controls.