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.
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.
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.
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.
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.