Two New Ranks Confirmed…….. 26 Feb 2010

Mr Martin Low (Director of Transport) Westminster Council has confirmed to the LCDC today that two new rank locations in Central London will be implimented.

  • A three cab rank outside Ciprianis restaurant in Davis St, W1.

  • On the north side of Shaftsbury Ave, (west of  Wardour St) in a bay currently being utilised by PH as an illegal rank.

    On behalf of the LCDC membership and personally myself, I would like to thank Mr Low for his continued support and efforts in trying to combat the threat that illegal mini-cabs pose to the safety of the public travelling at night!

    Grant Davis.

    Chairman LCDC

    Suzy Lamplugh Trust endorses LCDC Security Marshalling Scheme

    By… Tony Mc

    Ann Elledge Director of Personal Safety The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has offered her support and is endorsing the LCDC’s security marshalling scheme under the TFL’s Safer Travel At Night campaign.

    She said in a recent email to the LCDC:

    " The Suzy Lamplugh Trust supports this initiative by London Taxi drivers to enable members of the public who are out late at night to access a cab without the fear of  harassment and intimidation from illegal operators"

    Anne Elledge.

    The Suzy Lamplugh Trust


    Satallite Office prices going up from £25 to £200

    PCO satallite office fees going up from £25 to £200. Private hire operator variation to licence4.14

    Under section 20 of the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998, TfL may prescribe, by regulations, fees to be payable by a private hire operator who applies for a variation of his licence to add a reference to a new operating centre or remove an existing reference to an operating centre.

    4.15

    The current £25 application fee for such variations is prescribed in regulation 4(b) of the Private Hire Vehicles (London) (Operators’Licences) Regulations 2000. This fee has not changed since operator licensing began in January 2001.

    4.16

    An application to remove one or more operating centres is an administrative exercise and does not require a visit to the operating centre(s). To reflect the increased costs of administration since 2001 it is proposed to increase the fee payable for an application to remove an operating centre from £25 to £50 per operating centre. 

    4.17

    However, an application to add one or more operating centres requires a visit to the new centre(s) and this has a significant impact on costs. To reflect these costs, it is proposed to increase the fee payable for such applications from £25 to £200 per operating centre. 

    4.18

    An amendment to the Private Hire Vehicles (London) (Operators’Licences) Regulations 2000 is required in order to give effect to the increases proposed in paragraphs 4.16 and 4.17. The making of amending regulations is a matter reserved to the TfL Board under paragraph 4.2(k)(ii) of TfL Standing Order 2.

    Information sourced by,            Tony Mc.

    News

    PHV PLY OR NOT ??

    By Tony Mc

    Mr John Mason the director of taxi and private hire launched  Transport for London’s one strike and your out policy for private hire operator’s and drivers.

    In it he states that Private Hire Drivers must not park or wait illegally outside venues.

    Well are they plying for hire or not. Why won’t the Public Carriage Office (PCO) use these words?

    We have always stated that they are plying for hire because we have the law and the best courts in the land to say so. A case in 1946 Gilbert V McKay.

    Mr McKay had an office in Rupert st W1 ,  parked outside this office  in the street were several cars belonging to him. Several people were seen to enter the office for the purpose of paying for the hire of any one of the cars, which they were observed to be driven away in. McKay was charged with being the owner of unlicensed hackney carriages and was convicted and fined by the Magistrates court.

    He lodged an appeal, the appeal was dismissed. The Lord Chief Justices Lord Goddard had the following to say.

     “In my opinion even if the cars had been standing in a private yard and could not been seen by the public, they could still have been plying for hire if they had been appropriated for immediate hiring”.

    So where does this leave Mr Howard, who sent out emails to everyone saying that cars parked outside these satellite office venues were not plying for hire and could legally park there as long has they had tax and insurance, and were just parked.

    A man so high up in the PCO telling us we are wrong, as if it was a battle between us and him just so long as he won! We don’t want to fight with the PCO who are the licensing authority not policy makers, we just want decisions made on what’s right and what’s wrong by Law.

    How can the PCO have a person in place who views the licenced taxi trade as his enemy and in my view he’s trying to destroy us. Mr Mason also stated in the exclusive in the badge that satellite offices do form a key part of the Safer Travel at Night Initiative and, operated correctly, they offer customers freedom of choices between a licensed, pre booked private hire vehicle or a licensed London taxi.

    Sorry Mr mason this not the case it will only be the case if the licensed taxi trade had a rank outside every venue in London that has a satellite facility inside, until this happens there is no freedom of choice for the public. just freedom for the private hire.