July 31, 2019

The High Court has agreed that using a function on a mobile phone, which does not involve ‘interactive telecommunication’, is not a mobile phone offence whilst driving.

The High Court handed down the Judgement yesterday, which clarifies the offence of using a mobile p...

June 20, 2019

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced a number of taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) reform workshops in June and July to hear your views.

The announcement was made by the DfT’s Head of Buses and Taxis, Buses and Taxis Division Catriona Henderson saying:


June 9, 2019

The government has commissioned a prototype noise camera to be tested at several locations over the next 7 months 

The Department for Transport is targeting drivers who disturb communities with a crackdown on vehicles breaking legal noise limits.

New camera technology...

May 26, 2019

In my last article “offences – what are the odds of getting a licence” I considered the likelihood of applicants, and licence holders, with convictions being successful in their application for a licence – or to retain their licence.

In this article, I will consider wh...

May 13, 2019

Glasgow City Council’s refusal of my client’s (Rosy and Pink Cars Ltd) application for a new booking office licence has been widely reported in the Scottish media.

The application has been refused on the basis that it would contravene a number of conditions applicable...

May 5, 2019

A driver caught filming a crash on his mobile phone may force a shake-up of the laws surrounding phone use at the wheel.

Ramsey Barreto should have been able to avoid a conviction because he was not using it to communicate, his defence has claimed.

The 51-year-old was...

May 4, 2019

And it’s London’s Black Cabs up next!

Global ridesharing giant Uber will face potentially one of Australia’s biggest class actions, as thousands of taxi, hire car, charter vehicle and limousine drivers and licence owners across the country join forces to hold Uber accou...

May 1, 2019

Taxi and private hire licensing exists to ensure that only those judged to be fit and proper are licensed. Taxi and private hire applicants and drivers are subject to a range of assessments to test whether they are fit and proper.  

One important assessment, that is al...

April 30, 2019

Blanket licensing of taxi CCTV “should only be used where there is a strong justification” according to the UK Surveillance Commissioner

The Surveillance Camera Commissioner was responding to the Department for Transport’s “Taxi and private hire vehicle licensing: pro...

April 28, 2019

The legislation that will require licensing authorities to submit certain taxi and private hire vehicle licensing information to a central database will come into force on 1 May 2019. 

Further to my previous article on The Air Quality (Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles D...

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