PHV Changes – Suggestion Box
Some Big Changes To The PHV Industry May Be Coming On Stream
In September 2018, the Department of Transport published a report based on recommendations from a group of experts representing the Taxi and PHV industry. These ideas could soon become UK law. Here’s a quick look at some of them and how they may affect you.
Cross Border Hiring and License Caps: In a move to let local authorities fully control (cap) the number of taxis and private hire vehicles working in their borough, this change would require any ride to start or end within the area where the driver, vehicle, or operator is licensed. This would end the practice of registering in one location and then doing business elsewhere.
Defining ‘Ply for Hire’ and ‘Pre-Booked’: As ride-hailing apps blur the lines between what is a pre-booked fare and what’s hailed on the street, this would separate the clutter. Licensed Taxis would also gain exclusive use of taxi ranks. If initiated, this could stop many ‘almost instant’ ride-hailing fares for PHV.
Passenger Safety: This recommends that ride-hailing platforms like Uber and Lyft are subject to the same level of accountability as traditional minicab companies when it comes to passenger safety. Also, there is a call for a national database of every driver, vehicle and operator of PHV and Licensed Taxis. Lastly, the number of hours a PHV or Licensed Taxi driver can work could be regulated like bus and lorry drivers.
Accessibility: New rules are suggested to ensure that disabled passengers are not discriminated against and tougher sanctions for drivers who refuse fares based on passenger disability are introduced. In the future, refusal could signal license suspension.
Pedicabs: This suggestion called for greater powers to be given to TfL to regulate the thinly controlled but growing number of pedicabs and rickshaws operating in central London.