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Licensing of taxis and private hire vehicles

The Transport Committee held a short inquiry into issues relating to the licensing of taxis and private hire vehicles including cross-border hire problems caused by private hire vehicles picking up passengers on a large scale outside of the area in which they are licensed.

The Committee published its report on 19 July 2011 and can be viewed below.

The Committee published the Government Response to its report on 13 October 2011 and can be viewed below.

Oral evidence taken

18 January 2011

Witnesses: Graham Stevenson, National Organiser, Transport, and Tommy McIntyre, National Taxi Representative, Unite the Union, Mick Rix, National Officer, and Michael Hildreth, Secretary, GMB Professional Drivers, Taxis & Private Hire, GMB, and Gavin Soki, Skyline Taxis; Ian Shanks, Partner, Blue Line Taxis, Mr David B. Wilson, Paul McLaughlin, Company Secretary, Delta Taxis, Richard Jarman, Company Secretary, South Sefton Hackney Drivers’ Association, and John Griffin, Chairman, Addison Lee; and Mr Myles Bebbington, Damien Edwards, Licensing Officer, Liverpool City Council, Councillor Cec Tallack, Leader, Milton Keynes Council, and Philip Soderquest, Public Safety and Enforcement Manager, Northumberland County Council

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15 March 2011

Witnesses: Brian Whitehead, Regional Organiser, and Stan Marut, Branch Secretary, London Taxi Brach, RMT, Paul Brent, Chairman, and Tim Gray, Company Secretary, National Taxi Association, Steve Wright MBE, Chairman, Licensed Private Hire Car Association; Kris Beuret OBE, Chair, and John Austin, Vice Chair, National Association of Taxi Users, John Moorhouse, Company Secretary, and Paul Fawcett, Advisory and Research Consultant, TravelWatch NorthWest; Norman Baker MP, Department for Transport

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