Tuesday, June 24, 2014

285 MPs Vote Through Clauses 10,11,12 Of The Deregulation Bill, 23 June 2014


John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington, Labour)
I am also opposed to the Bill because of its reforms relating to taxis and public hire vehicles which, as has been said today, will put the travelling public at risk. There will be no effective control over who will be plying that trade. Last year there were 200 incidents of attacks on people travelling in private hire cars in London, where this type of legislation already applies.


Bob Stewart (Beckenham, Conservative)
Is it correct that a person who runs a licensed taxi company, for example, is responsible for everyone who drives for that company? If so, that person has the responsibility to ensure that his or her drivers act properly and are properly checked.

Tom Brake (The Deputy Leader of the House of Commons; Carshalton and Wallington, Liberal Democrat)
Certainly, that is my understanding. The operator is licensed as such and needs to check all the drivers who are used by that firm.

Graham Jones (Opposition Assistant Whip (Commons); Hyndburn, Labour)
The Minister says that an individual who is unable to order a private hire vehicle from their favourite firm is in the same position if the company locates a private hire vehicle from another local authority. On many levels, that is wrong. When that individual flicks through the “Yellow Pages”, as the Minister describes it, they can choose to look for a company in their area. 

This proposal will allow the company to take charge, and that taxi could come from another area with different standards. 

The choice is therefore removed from the fare-paying customer. 

Does the Minister accept that the customer is in control when they look through the “Yellow Pages”, but not when the job is passed from one operator to another who locates a taxi from outside the area?

Tom Brake (The Deputy Leader of the House of Commons; Carshalton and Wallington, Liberal Democrat)
Yes, when people use “Yellow Pages”, they may well be in control of their choice of private hire firm, but I thought the point that the hon. Gentleman and other hon Members were making was that there was a risk in a job being passed on by a local reliable firm to another operator. 

I would suggest that the risk of simply going to the phone book is much greater than using a local reliable firm whose reputation relies on delivering a good service, whether it does so directly or by subcontracting to another firm in an area where it cannot operate. With our system, security is enhanced, rather than damaged in the way he suggests.

The hon. Member for Easington referred to the need for a comprehensive, nationwide review and reform of private hire. He is probably well versed in private hire and taxi matters. He will understand how difficult it is to get a comprehensive, nationwide review of services. 

I suspect that there have been attempts under our Government and under Labour Governments to get that comprehensive review under way. It is not straightforward, and it is not something that happens overnight. We have an opportunity in the Bill to introduce some small measures, supported by the Law Commission. We have chosen, rightly, to proceed with them now, and that is the right action for the Government to take.

The hon. Gentleman also referred to the Disclosure and Barring Service. There is an automatic update system. It is an optional service for local authorities, which can judge whether to use it. Crucially, three-yearly licence renewal is seen as best practice. That applies in London and half of all authorities outside London.



COMMENT:
Can all the MPs who have wet ink on their fingers as the deregulation bill passed yesterday - PLEASE STAND UP & BE COUNTED!

285 CONS & LIBDEMS ACCEPTING IT'S PERFECTLY OKAY FOR ANYONE TO DRIVE A MINICAB WITHOUT A LICENCE! WHAT PLANET DO U PARASITES LIVE ON?

214 SEX ATTACKS 2013, 54 RESULTING IN TRIALS - ALL BECAUSE PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLES IN LONDON THAT WERE BORROWED BY ANYONE WERE NOT STOPPED!




3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This just goes to show how corrupt our government is.

No surprise really.

Do these Maps not have a clue of the mess that is unveiling across the capital?

Anonymous said...

not many comments / support !

Editorial said...

To be fair, most London drivers believe this doesn't affect them.
Our org leaders don't realise, so haven't explained the fact that once the situation we have in London goes national, we will never be able to change the way it is here in the capital.