TfL wins in court as new licence fee structure is seen as lawful


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The new licence fee structure for private hire operators is lawful says judge as Transport for London wins its High Court battle against the Licensed Private Hire Car Association.
London’s regulator brought in the changes in October 2017, but was swiftly challenged by private hire representatives. Concerns surrounding the fee increases faced by smaller operators could mean they are hit hardest as they struggle for market share.
The increase in fees range from between £3,174 and £2,897,174 for a 5-year licence, which had previously cost just £2,826.
Helen Chapman, TfL’s Director of Licensing, Regulation and Charging, said: “Our number one priority is the safety of the public, which is why when faced with the huge growth of the private hire industry it was appropriate to ensure our regulatory and enforcement capabilities grew too. We robustly defended our position in court and welcome the court’s decision that the changes we made to the licence fee structure for private hire operators are lawful. The changes to the fees fund an additional 250 compliance officers who do a crucial job in driving up standards and ensuring Londoners remain safe.”
The Licensed Private Hire Car Association are yet to make a statement.
May 30, 2018 at 04:53PM https://ift.tt/2ufVjKI