Andrew Jones, the Parliamentary Under-secretary for the Department of Transport finally answers written question to him made in July.
Editorial Comment by Jim Thomas :
So there you have it in the words of the under secretary....
The regulations issued by Transport for London are a matter for them as the local licensing authority. The legislation that provides for licensing of taxi and private hire vehicle services is enabling in its nature, giving local licensing authorities the discretion to set standards that they deem to be appropriate for their area.
It would seem by this statement, that TfL have the right to set standards.
Surely, putting a limit on the amount of PH licenses issued at any time, is a matter of setting a standard to protect the trade from over supply???