Early day motion 762

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PASSENGER SAFETY AND PRIVATE HIRE INDUSTRY REGULATION

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 public opposition to any move to confuse the distinction between the two services; notes with concern that, in spite of this, Transport for London 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; and calls on the Government to bring forward urgent legislation which provides such a clear statutory definition to protect the distinction between taxis and PHVs.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Anderson, David Labour Party Blaydon 05.02.2015
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 05.02.2015
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 04.02.2015
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 03.02.2015
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 03.02.2015
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 03.02.2015
Jackson, Glenda Labour Party Hampstead and Kilburn 04.02.2015
Lavery, Ian Labour Party Wansbeck 03.02.2015
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 04.02.2015
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 03.02.2015
McInnes, Liz Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 05.02.2015
Mearns, Ian Labour Party Gateshead 05.02.2015
Morrice, Graeme Labour Party Livingston 05.02.2015
Morris, Grahame M Labour Party Easington 03.02.2015
Rotheram, Steve Labour Party Liverpool Walton 04.02.2015
Skinner, Dennis Labour Party Bolsover 04.02.2015
Williamson, Chris Labour Party Derby North 03.02.2015