Category Archive: Licensing issues

Sep 16

Commons Questions

13th September 2016 Sarah Champion Shadow Minister (Home Office) To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the letter of the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State to the right hon. Member for Rotherham on 8 July 2016, on clause 145 of the Policing and Crime Bill, when the Government expects to publish …

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Sep 16

Rossendale taxi licence applications facing backlog until next year

All private hire and hackney cab drivers are now required to pass a basic skills test Prospective taxi drivers are having to wait until 2017 before they can pass a ‘basic skills test’ to get them on the roads, we can reveal. Under new rules all new private hire and hackney drivers are required to …

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Sep 07

Wolverhampton minicab row: 2,000 more expected to apply to become minicab drivers

Another 2,000 drivers are expected to apply for minicab licences by the end of the year, despite soaring numbers and existing drivers complaining of huge salary losses. Now angry drivers are threatening strike action against Wolverhampton council. Earlier this year it was revealed that the number of private hire drivers in the city had shot …

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Aug 30

Tourism Action Plan

Policy paper Tourism Action Plan From: Department for Culture, Media & Sport and Tracey Crouch MP First published: 26 August 2016 Part of: Tourism This report outlines how the government will be supporting the tourism industry and ensuring the benefits of tourism will be felt across the United Kingdom   Link to plan document   …

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Aug 09

Uber just renewed its feud with London’s regulators

City AM reports that Uber is again turning to its customers to help it fight “bureaucratic” new rules imposed by Transport for London, including an English exam “harder than the test for British citizenship”, renewing its feud with regulators in the capital. The billion-dollar company said the rules would “threaten the livelihood of thousands of …

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Aug 06

Barrow taxi drivers banned from wearing hoodies or baseball caps

BARROW taxi drivers have been warned they could be sent home if council officers catch them wearing inappropriate clothes while on duty. Barrow Borough Council’s licensing department is understood to be planning to enforce rules surrounding professional standards of taxi drivers working across Barrow, Dalton, Askam and Walney. The Evening Mail understands council officers have …

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Aug 04

‘This is our livelihood’ – unhappy taxi drivers block road outside council’s HQ

TAXI drivers in Rossendale blockaded council offices in response to controversial proposed changes. Rossendale cabbies were unhappy with new rules being implemented and united to block the road leading to the offices of Rossendale Council at Futures Park from 7.30am yesterday. Members of the Rossendale Taxi Association have said they are outraged at new rules …

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Jul 30

Londonderry taxi operator fined £3,500 for taxi licensing offences

A licensed Londonderry taxi operator was fined a total of £3,500 at Londonderry Magistrates’ Court on 28 July 2016. Taxi Co (NI Ltd) of 3(a) Lower Clarendon Street, Londonderry contested the matter but was found guilty and fined £2,000 for using an unlicensed taxi, £750 for failing to keep licensing and insurance records and £750 …

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Jul 25

New policy after South Ribble Council taxi licence row

Months after a taxi licensing scandal broke at South Ribble Council, a comprehensive regulation policy has been agreed. Council members have voted to approve a draft document outlining the council’s policies including a ‘fit and proper person test’, qualifications needed and condition of vehicles. Previously, the authority’s policy could be found within numerous decisions taken …

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Jul 24

App company fails to expand in Oxford and North East England

Taxi drivers are celebrating a victory over Uber after the firm was barred from launching in Oxford. Uber applied to operate in the city after 50,000 people tried to access the service there in a year, despite it not being available. But licensed drivers and private hire firms rallied together to try and block the …

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