Assessing quantity controls of taxi licences
Useful questions relating to the policy of controlling numbers:
- Have you recently reviewed the need for your policy of quantity controls?
- What form did the review of your policy of quantity controls take?
- Who was involved in the review?
- What decision was reached about retaining or removing quantity controls?
- Are you satisfied that your policy justifies restricting entry to the trade?
- Are you satisfied that quantity controls do not:
- reduce the availability of taxis;
- increase waiting times for consumers;
- reduce choice and safety for consumers?
- What special circumstances justify retention of quantity controls?
- How does your policy benefit consumers, particularly in remote rural areas?
- How does your policy benefit the trade?
- If you have a local accessibility policy, how does this fit with restricting taxi licences?
Useful questions relating to setting the number of taxi licences:
- When last did you assess unmet demand?
- How is your taxi limit assessed?
- Have you considered latent demand, i.e. potential consumers who would use taxis if more were available, but currently do not?
- Are you satisfied that your limit is set at the correct level?
- How does the need for adequate taxi ranks affect your policy of quantity controls?
Useful questions relating to consultation and other public transport service provision
- When consulting, have you included etc
- all those working in the market;
- consumer and passenger (including disabled) groups;
- groups which represent those passengers with special needs;
- local interest groups, e.g. hospitals or visitor attractions;
- the police;
- a wide range of transport stakeholders e.g. rail/bus/coach providers and traffic managers?
- Do you receive representations about taxi availability?
- What is the level of service currently available to consumers (including other public transport modes)?
Email: Joanna Mackenzie
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