Local Authorities to look after limos?

In a recent review the Law Commissioner has recommended that the licensing of stretch limousines, novelty vehicles and small minibuses should be undertaken by local authorities rather than Traffic Commissioners (TCs). .

This was revealed by Traffic Commissioner (TC) Nick Jones [pictured] during a Public Inquiry (PI) when he refused an application for a restricted PSV O-Licence on the grounds that the applicant had failed to satisfy him about financial standing and the main occupation criteria.

The Law Commission review, of the legal framework relating to taxis and private hire vehicles across England and Wales, was made with a view to making it simpler and more modern.

It recommends retaining the current two-tier system, distinguishing between taxis and private hire vehicles.

The new regime would see the introduction of national standards for all taxis and private hire vehicles, set by the Secretary of State, with the power for local licensing authorities to set additional standards for taxi services only. Local authorities would, however, remain responsible for issuing licences and enforcement in relation to both taxis and private hire vehicles.

Its recommendations would make it easier for private hire providers to work cross-border, and give licensing officers new enforcement powers to deal with vehicles and drivers licensed in different areas.

Currently, because many local authorities refuse to license limos, TCs have been allowing O-Licence applications.

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