London Assembly members yesterday met key figures within the taxi and private industry as they investigated the future of the respective trades.
Up for questioning included Transport for London’s Director of Licensing, Regulation and Charging Helen Chapman and GMB’s Steve Garelick. The meeting was the second of its kind, the previous meeting was held last month, and was created to investigate possible solutions to help both the taxi and private hire trades. The London Assembly Transport Committee are “concerned the future may seem uncertain for taxi and minicab drivers and business owners.” During the questions Helen Chapman confirmed there had been problems with taxi driver renewals in recent months and that Uber are soon to submit their next operators licence for the capital. Chapman also added that the regulators will also look to make the taxi delicensing scheme more attractive to drivers and said government needs to fix both cross-border and local capping powers simultaneously as highlighted in the recent DfT taxi report. Assembly Member Florence Eshalomi said after the meeting: “A statutory definition of ply for hire and pre booked is needed. Taxis should retain sole right to be hailed on streets or ranks but there is more that Transport for London could and should be doing now as the licensing authority”