Hand councils new taxi powers, says Commission

Hand councils new taxi powers, says Commission

The Law Commission has called for councils to be given greater powers over taxis and private hire vehicles as part of plans to boost safety and create national standards. Its proposals would give local authorities the power to inspect and ban vehicles deemed unsafe and impound those caught touting for trade. They should also be able to set higher standards locally, it said. The recommendations have been welcomed by the Local Government Association, which earlier this month attacked Government proposals to relax rules over who can drive licensed minicabs. Cllr Tony Page, the Local Government Association’s licensing spokesman, said: ‘Councils have long called for reform of outdated laws regulating taxi and private hire vehicles so we are pleased the Law Commission has listened to our concerns. Taxi and private hire vehicles are an essential means of transport for many, espec...

Full article: http://www.national-taxi-association.co.uk/?p=7495

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