Cab licence fees dispute taken to Westminster » National Taxi Association

Cab licence fees dispute taken to Westminster » National Taxi Association

THE secretary of Guildford Hackney Association has called on the government to investigate the amounts charged for taxi licences by the borough. In a message to the House of Commons Transport Committee, Mark Rostron wrote that the council had been “illegally profiting for years” from the issuing of both driver and vehicle licences. By law, fees charged by councils for issuing taxi licences should only cover costs and should not be used to pay for other functions within the licensing department. Drivers of both hackney cabs and private hire vehicles must purchase a licence every three years, at a cost of £215. A licence must also be purchased annually for each vehicle, costing £348. However, Mr Rostron has been in dispute with the council over the amounts charged. He claims they do not match the administration costs of the department. “What they have done is charged an arbi...

Full article: http://www.national-taxi-association.co.uk/?p=5667

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