Fabric life Ltd (Safe Ride) regularly park their vehicles on the pavement outside Fabrics, while just a few yards away in Lindsey Street, Police and cab enforcement carry out Badge and Bill checks on Licensed Taxis.
Why do we not see action taken against these vehicles illegally parked on the pavement, illegally plying for hire?
Town Police Clauses Act 1847 Hackney Carriage.
Sec 46. Drivers not to act without first obtaining a licence.
No person shall act as driver of any hackney carriage licensed in pursuance of this or the special Act to ply for hire within the prescribed distance without first obtaining a licence from the commissioners, which licence shall be registered by the clerk to the commissioners and such fee as the commissioners may determine shall be paid, for the same; and every such licence shall be in force until the same is revoked, except during the time that the same may be suspended as after mentioned.
Plain and simple, it is illegal for private hire vehicles (licensed or unlicensed), to ply for hire.
From the institute of licensing: Private Hire, an overview.
The principal distinction between a private hire vehicle and a hackney carriage is that a private hire vehicle CANNOT stand or ply for hire or be hailed. It MUST be booked in advance. A further distinction requires that booking are made via a third licensee, who is a private hire operator. The private hire operator must be licensed by the same local authority that licences the private hire vehicle and private hire driver, and the local authority must be satisfied that the operator is suitable to hold such a licence.
The operator is required to maintain records of bookings taken (hackney carriage drivers do not have to keep these records). These serve two purposes:
• Provision of evidence to demonstrate that a booking had been made, and that a private hire vehicle which picks passengers up is not unlawfully plying for hire;
• Provision of journey records can be extremely useful in cases of complaint.
QUESTIONS TO THE PRESENT LTPH DIRECTORATE:
In the original Town Police Clauses Act 1847 Hackney Carriage, the act of plying for hire is referred to as the "special act to ply for hire". The act to ply for hire is what drives on every knowledge student. It's the sole reason why students are willing to study, unpaid, for an average of 44 months. At present, PHVs licensed and some unlicensed, can be seen nightly, plying for hire outside numerous night venues, openly in plain sight. Rapes and serious sexual assaults are currently at an all time high. The Met Police PoP Wandsworth report puts current minicab related attacks, both reported and unreported, at around 22 a week.
In the LTPH staff manual, version 11 (Jan 2013), currently online, why is their no chapter or verse on the definition of plying for hire?
Why are there no guidelines on the license contravention of illegal plying for hire?
Since TfL took over responsibility for the licensing of Taxis from the Metropolitan Police, there has only been one case of illegal plying for hire to the crown prosecution service, which proved to be successful.
WHY has there been none since?
WHY ARE VEHICLES FROM Fabric life Ltd (Safe Ride) ALLOWED TO BLOCK EMERGENCY FIRE EXITS IN CHARTERHOUSE STREET?
WHY DO POLICE, LOCAL COUNCIL AND LTPH TURN A BLIND EYE TO THEIR OPEN ILLEGAL PLYING FOR HIRE ?