A Welsh Government consultation into the reform of ‘complicated, outdated and antiquated’ licensing laws for Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles has started.
Economy Secretary Ken Skates has urged interested parties to have their say on the proposals, which will seek to address issues raised by drivers, unions, licencing authorities and the Law Commission to better represent modern practices. The consultation ends early September.
|Have your say here: https://consultations.gov.wales/consultations/taxi-and-private-hire-vehicle-licensing-wales|
|Ken Skates said, “Taxis and private hire vehicles provide a vital public service, connecting people to places when alternative public transport is not always available or viable.
“There are 9200 or so taxi and private hire licenced drivers in Wales, all of which are currently bound by licensing legislation which dates back to the horse drawn hackneys.
“The Law Commission made recommendations in 2014 about how the licensing system can be improved and, as a result of provisions included in the Wales Act 2017, I’m delighted to now be in a position to put to consultation proposals aimed at delivering a simpler, fairer system fit for modern Wales.”
Ken Skates added, “These progressive proposals will see improvements to the current complicated, outdated and antiquated legislation, reflecting on the needs of twenty first century drivers, licensing authorities and passengers here in Wales. I’d encourage anyone with an interest in the sector to contribute to this consultation.”
Taxi, otherwise known as Hackney carriages, are able to be hailed or hired at a taxi rank for “there and then hire” and fares are regulated. A Private Hire Vehicle or “Minicab” must be pre-booked before travel can take place and fares are not regulated.
|The Law Commission’s review of the law governing taxi and private hire vehicles made 84 recommendations, many of which are reflected in the Welsh Government’s proposals for reform, including: