James Brokenshire recently attended a Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle compliance operation to see the work of TfL’s Compliance Officers in inspecting licensed taxi and private hire drivers to ensure they comply with relevant legislation and regulations.
Since December 2017, TfL Compliance Officers have had Community Safety Accreditation Scheme powers, which enable them to stop vehicles and undertake more thorough road-side inspections. TfL have also recently quadrupled the number of Compliance Officers to ensure that it is able to enforce the standards required of London’s taxi and private hire trades.
The visit also provided an opportunity to discuss TfL’s contribution to the important work of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle licensing in exploring the key concerns of the taxi and private hire industries. In their recent report, the Task and Finish Group have made recommendations to the Government on a variety of issues concerning the taxi and private hire vehicle trade which are currently being considered by Ministers at the Department of Transport.
Commenting following the visit, James said:
“I was pleased to see first-hand the important work the Compliance Officers at TfL undertake to inspect and support the licensed and law-abiding taxi and private hire trade to ensure the highest standards of passenger safety, operation and compliance with regulations, by deterring and detecting non-compliant and illegal activity.”
“I will continue to work with Transport for London, Department of Transport and the Mayor of London to ensure they attach the upmost priority to robust service and safety standards, as well as establishing a fair and even working environment in order to preserve and boost this time-honoured trade.”