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Private hire vehicle owner faces ‘action’ after officers in Liverpool report vehicle displaying L plates

Image credit: Liverpool City Council Licensing

A private hire vehicle (PHV) owner is set to face disciplinary measures after their car was spotted displaying L plates during checks around Anfield on a match night.

The discovery was part of an operation led by Liverpool City Council's Licensing Officers aimed at ensuring the compliance of hackney carriages and private hire vehicles in the area.

Under current regulations, only individuals who hold a valid private hire licence are permitted to drive a licensed PHV. The law explicitly states that learner drivers are not eligible to obtain such a licence, making the display of L plates on a PHV a breach of licensing conditions.

The council's checks were part of a broader initiative to guarantee the safety and legality of taxi services operating in the area, especially during high-traffic events like football games. Taxis were also inspected for the presence and functionality of card readers, with drivers demonstrating compliance and readiness to accept electronic payments.

A Liverpool City Council Licensing spokesperson said: “Licensing Officers have been checking HCVs and Private hire Vehicles (PHV) attending Anfield tonight for the game. Taxis checked for card readers, which were working with drivers happy to show they are being used.

“In addition, the proprietor of this PHV will be contacted with action to follow!”


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