Plying for Hire

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-07-19
Session date: 
July 19, 2018
Reference: 
2018/1974
Question By: 
Keith Prince
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In response to my question 2018/1017, the Mayor states, "Whether a vehicle is plying for hire either on-street or via an app depends on the individual facts". Will the Mayor give an example where a vehicle is deemed plying for hire via an app?

Answer

Answer for Plying for Hire

Answer for Plying for Hire

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As I made clear in Mayor's Question 2018/1017, as part of my Taxi and Private Hire Action Plan, TfL and I continue to lobby Government for a statutory definition of plying for hire and pre-booked services.

TfL is a member of the Department for Transport's Taxi and Private Hire Task and Finish Group which was created to review existing legislation. I understand the Chair has submitted the report to Nus Ghani MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, and I look forward to reading the recommendations and hope these cover the key legislative requirements that I and TfL have been pressing Government to introduce for some time.

This will provide the clarity that is needed in this area. My Deputy Mayor for Transport recently had a productive meeting with Nus Ghani MP on this matter.