As a London Hackney Carriage driver and constituent I have concerns that proposals in the report imply statutory underpinning of private hire with no intentions to define 'plying for hire'.
As I'm sure you are aware this is the vital distinction between Licensed Taxi and Private Hire vehicle and any move away from this could have serious implications on the hackney carriage trade taking work away in an already competitive market.
In reference to section 5 of the report:
''We suggest moving away from the out-dated concept of plying for hire and use instead a more modern definition of the limits to the way private hire services may be offered, using the concept of pre-booking (which would be statutorily defined) through a licensed operator''
Next week on July 2nd there is a trade lobbying of parliament with delegates from trade associations. If possibleI I would urge you to attend the meeting in committee room 10 between 4-6pm.