Cross border hiring is severely affecting both private hire and public hire drivers across the country. London black cab drivers will tell you that they see Uber drivers from as far afield as Manchester and Sheffield operating at weekends in the capital.
Private hire operators in the west country, south coast and midlands complain about PCO licenced vehicles accepting jobs in their regions. Donna Short of the National Private Hire Association states that it’s the number one issue, “affecting the majority of licence holders in the majority of licensing authorities.” Many of her association’s members have been in touch to ask whether out of area drivers are insured when carrying passengers outside of the area their licence has been issued in? She subsequently contacted us to ask for clarification. The Plan Insurance blog attempts to answer her questions and those of the many drivers who have been in touch on social media regarding the subject.