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TfL will take ‘appropriate action’ against those incorrectly using TfL minicab roundels says Mayor


London’s transport regulators will investigate and ‘take appropriate action’ against those incorrectly using Transport for London (TfL) roundels and branding, says Mayor of London.


Concerns over the fraudulent use of private hire vehicle signage once drivers sell their minicab vehicles were dispelled by the Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Susan Hall, Conservative London Assembly Member, asked the Mayor what work is being carried out by TfL to discourage and prevent people from selling former private hire vehicles with TfL roundels and other branding/insignia still on display.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, replied: “Vehicle licensees are required to inform TfL of a change of ownership and must return any licence documents to TfL if the vehicle is no longer being used as a Private Hire Vehicle or taxi.

“Private hire operators are required to provide a booking confirmation to passengers before their journey starts.


“This must include the vehicle registration mark, the first name of the driver, the driver's private hire licence number (as shown on the ID the driver is wearing) and, where the customer is able to receive it, a photograph of the driver. Passengers can also check whether a private hire vehicle (or driver or operator) is licensed by using TfL’s online licence checker.

“TfL will investigate and take appropriate action in relation to any information received which suggests that individuals are identifying themselves as being licensed, through branding, where this is not the case.”


Private hire vehicles in the capital must have licence discs, known as ‘roundels’, displayed on the front and rear windscreens. They will show: the TfL licence number, licence expiry date, vehicle's registration number, and the number of passengers the vehicle is allowed to carry.


Sometimes, private hire vehicles will also have a pre-booked sticker on display. This is optional and should not be taken as proof that it is a licensed vehicle.

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