PCO License PH vehicle Fiat TW200 sold as Purpose Built Taxi


Some time ago a fully partitioned, fully (PCO) licensed PH vehicle was spotted and photographed in the Finchley Rd, NW3. The LCDC have since made enquiries at the Public Carriage Office and as promised, we now have an update on this vehicle, plus a comment from the licensing authority the PCO.

The London Cab Drivers Club has now received information that the Private Hire vehicle in question is a FIAT TW 200 TAXI that incidentally is licensed as a Hackney Carriage in most boroughs outside London! This vehicle has been approved and licensed by the Public Carriage Office (PCO) as a PH vehicle. On closer examination the FIAT TW 200 has almost identical interior design as both the TX4 LTI taxi and the Mercedes Vito taxi; all that differentiates this vehicle from the licensed Hackney Carriage version is the “For Hire” sign and plate on the back are missing. My main concern is if the (PCO) let this be the norm and open the flood gates, what happens if Addison lee buy 2000 of these vehicles in black, and let’s not forget the touts. I think this would not only confuse the Public, but would almost definitely increase the risk factor to public safety that needs to be eradicated!

We have raised our concerns with the (PCO) and they have issued this statement as follows:

‘TfL have not formally announced any changes with regards to the use of driver shields for Private Hire vehicles.  We fully understand the relevant regulations with regards to private hire vehicles and maintaining the distinction between vehicles used as taxis and for private hire’.

The club have asked for a meeting to discuss this matter further and we will keep you informed.

Tony MC.


The LCDC are less than happy that PH vehicle specifications have now exceeded the clear  defining boundaries laid out in the 1998 Private Hire (London) Act and will vigorously oppose the use of such vehicles.

Grant Davis

Chairman LCDC

7 thoughts on “PCO License PH vehicle Fiat TW200 sold as Purpose Built Taxi

  1. THIS IS A BREACH OF THE 1998 PH ACT WHICH WAS MEANT TO ENHANCE THE SAFETY OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC !
    HOW DOES THIS HELP PROTECT THE VULNERABLE AND ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY ?

    A MASS DEMO SHOULD BE CALLED TO PUT AN END TO THIS B.S.

    IT’S TIME TO STAND AND FIGHT UNTIL THE FINNISH !

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !

  2. with the olympics coming up are the pco/tfl putting inplace vehicles that would do to be taxi’s,all that would be required would be a magnetic for hire light.
    this is why we need to keep the turning circle,with westminster’s planes to turn a lot of streets back to 2 way traffic we need the turning circle more than ever.why have the pco dithered on this.lets not take our eye of the ball,and remember the so called people that govern us at the pco/tfl are dangerous.

  3. I agree, I have just spent £37,000 on my vito, and the mini cab fraternity can buy this for what…£21,000 ?
    We cannot have them because of the turning circle, yet 60,000 scabs can.

  4. Yeah it will be really hard for the average person to tell the difference we already have a massive problem with unlicensed touts this will make a bad situation even worse. What next!!

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