Private hire drivers: suspensions and revocations of licences.

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-05-17
Session date: 
May 17, 2018
Reference: 
2018/1167
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

An issue that is causing a great deal of concern to private hire drivers, is the way TfL is imposing suspensions and revocations of licences with no respect for natural justice and no hearing or right to submit a written response to an allegation. To have a suspension lifted or revocation overturned, drivers have to pay a court fee of £250.00 for the privilege. Do you consider it is acceptable for TfL to suspend drivers' licences before any investigation takes place, leaving them without a salary and only having any subsequent appeal heard in a Magistrates Court; and if not, will you ensure revised procedures are put in place to enable drivers to have a fair hearing first?

Answer

Answer for Private hire drivers: suspensions and revocations of licences.

Answer for Private hire drivers: suspensions and revocations of licences.

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London's (TfL) primary concern is public safety. Examples of where TfL may suspend or revoke a private hire driver's licence include: where it receives details of a criminal conviction; it is not satisfied that the driver is fit and proper for any other reason; or if the driver has failed to comply with a licence condition or statutory obligation. 

In most cases, drivers are given the opportunity to explain themselves before a final decision is taken.  Only in the most serious cases would TfL immediately revoke a licence without giving a driver this opportunity, in which case a driver would need to appeal to a magistrates' court. 

Any such decision is not taken lightly and all available evidence and information is taken into account.