Saturday, November 21, 2015

In Parliament This Week : What Do They Know...Written Answers.

Written Answers - Home Office: Taxis: Arrests (18 Nov 2015)

Jim Fitzpatrick Labour, Poplar and Limehouse.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many private hire vehicle drivers have been arrested in (a) London and (b) the UK for offences related to plying for hire in each of the last five years.

Mike Penning: Minister of State, the Home Department, ministry of justice. 
The Home Office does not hold data centrally on the number of private hire vehicle drivers arrested.

Written Answers - Department for Transport: Taxis: Wheelchairs (20 Nov 2015)

Daniel Zeichner Shadow Minister (Transport).
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of (a) Uber vehicles, (b) black cabs and (c) private hire vehicles are wheelchair accessible.

Andrew JonesParliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport).
The results of the Department’s taxi survey in 2015 showed that 58% of all taxis (Hackney Carriages) in England are wheelchair accessible. All 22,500 London taxis are wheelchair accessible as required by Transport for London’s ‘Conditions for Fitness’ taxi licensing policy. 175 authorities (61%) require wheelchair accessible vehicles in all or part of their taxi fleet.

We do not keep comprehensive statistics on the number of wheelchair accessible private hirevehicles, including those operated by Uber or any other private hire operators. However we do welcome initiatives by such operators to improve the service they provide to those who need additional assistance.

Daniel Zeichner Shadow Minister (Transport).
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he intends to implement a single consolidated legislative framework for taxis throughout England and Wales.

Andrew JonesParliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport).
A single legislative framework for taxis and private hire vehicles throughout England and Wales was one of the recommendations of the Law Commission following their comprehensive review of taxi and private hire legislation.

The Government is continuing to consider the Law Commission’s report in its entirety and in line with the protocol that exists between the Government and the Law Commission, the Government will formally respond to the Law Commission and announce its intentions in due course