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Taxi and Private Hire Car Licensing: Best Practice for Licensing Authorities, Second Edition, April 2012

Published: 5 Apr 2012
Part of:
Law and order
ISBN:
9781780457772

Guidance for local licensing auhtorities on the licensing of taxis and private hire cars and their drivers.

Taxi and Private Hire Car Licensing: Best Practice for Licensing Authorities, Second Edition, April 2012
ANNEX A

ANNEX A

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)?

Contact

Email: Joanna Mackenzie