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The Regulation of Licensed Taxis and Private Hire Vehicle Services in the UK

In November 2003 the Office of Fair Trading issued a report on the regulation of licensed taxis and PHV services in the UK.  It concluded:

• Quantity regulation - limiting the number of taxis reduces availability and lowers the quality of the service to the public. These restrictions should therefore be lifted.

• Quality and safety regulation - there are compelling reasons to regulate to safeguard driver and vehicle standards. But there are questions about whether quality regulation always achieves its goals proportionately.

• Fare regulation - there are sound reasons to regulate taxi fares, for example, to protect consumers in vulnerable situations. But there could be greater freedom for beneficial price competition below regulated fare caps.

The Committee will hold a one-off evidence session looking at the these proposals on Wednesday 28th January at 2.45 pm. Among the witnesses will be the Office of Fair Trading, the Transport and General Workers Union, local councils and taxi associations.

The evidence session will take place in public, unless otherwise decided by the Committee. Because the meetings may be moved from the Palace of Westminster to Portcullis House, those wishing to attend the meetings should check the venue by contacting the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033 on the day before the hearings.

Press Notice   03/2003-04   7 January 2004

Eve Samson, Clerk