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Passenger Safety And Private Hire Industry Regulation

EDM number 142 in 2015-16, proposed by Grahame Morris on 17/06/2015.
Categorised under the topics of Companies, Regulation, Roads and Service industries.

That this House is concerned that smartphone apps such as Über are circumventing the law governing the taxi and minicab industry; supports the existing regulations whereby private hire vehicles (PHVs) may only pick up passengers when pre-booked rather than from a rank or in response to being hailed; recognises that such regulations provide passengers with important safety protections against unregulated drivers who have not undergone extensive criminal record and medical checks or had to pass a formal taxi driving assessment like licensed taxi drivers; welcomes Transport for London's (TfL) public opposition to any move to confuse the distinction between the two services; notes with concern, that in spite of this, TfL is failing to carry out its licensing and enforcement functions and is allowing PHVs to operate within the immediate hire market; believes that this is primarily due to the absence of a statutory definition of plying for hire; further believes that this will undermine public confidence in a safe and secure licensing regime and will ultimately undermine the viability of the current taxi service; further notes that the number of people applying to study The Knowledge, the geographical training for licensed taxi drivers, fell from 3,326 in 2012 when Über started operating in London, to 2,159 last year; and calls on the Government to bring forward urgent legislation which provides a clear statutory definition to protect the distinction between taxis and PHVs.

This motion has been signed by a total of 35 MPs.

Grahame Morris17/06/2015EasingtonLabourProposed
John McDonnell17/06/2015Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSeconded
Ian Lavery17/06/2015WansbeckLabourSeconded
Teresa Pearce17/06/2015Erith and ThamesmeadLabourSeconded
Jeremy Corbyn17/06/2015Islington NorthLabourSeconded
Kate Hoey17/06/2015VauxhallLabourSeconded
Liz McInnes17/06/2015Heywood and MiddletonLabourSigned
Rebecca Long-Bailey17/06/2015Salford and EcclesLabourSigned
Tom Watson17/06/2015West Bromwich EastLabourSigned
Wes Streeting17/06/2015Ilford NorthLabourSigned
Ruth Smeeth17/06/2015Stoke-on-Trent NorthLabourSigned
Jo Stevens17/06/2015Cardiff CentralLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins17/06/2015Luton NorthLabourSigned
Gerald Kaufman17/06/2015Manchester, GortonLabourSigned
David Anderson17/06/2015BlaydonLabourSigned
Jon Cruddas17/06/2015Dagenham and RainhamLabourSigned
Diane Abbott17/06/2015Hackney North and Stoke NewingtonLabourSigned
Angela Rayner17/06/2015Ashton-under-LyneLabourSigned
Alan Meale18/06/2015MansfieldLabourSigned
Dennis Skinner18/06/2015BolsoverLabourSigned
Mary Glindon18/06/2015North TynesideLabourSigned
Caroline Lucas18/06/2015Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
Daniel Zeichner23/06/2015CambridgeLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell24/06/2015Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Rachael Maskell29/06/2015York CentralLabour/Co-operativeSigned
Ian Mearns14/07/2015GatesheadLabourSigned
Zac Goldsmith16/07/2015Richmond ParkConservativeSigned
Andrew Rosindell20/07/2015RomfordConservativeSigned
Jim Fitzpatrick20/07/2015Poplar and LimehouseLabourSigned
Tom Brake21/07/2015Carshalton and WallingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Neil Coyle07/09/2015Bermondsey and Old SouthwarkLabourSigned
David Lammy07/09/2015TottenhamLabourSigned
David Amess07/09/2015Southend WestConservativeSigned
Joan Ryan07/09/2015Signed
Geoffrey Robinson07/09/2015Coventry North WestLabourSigned

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